Fort Macleod Health Centre staff can now treat the most critical patients in an improved trauma room.
Fund-raising led by the Fort Macleod Health Foundation paid for the $105,000 upgrading project.
The trauma room now features up-to-date technology and state of the art infection control.
“This is a great space and it is certainly improved,” health centre manager Denise Joel said.
One of the key additions was a new Pax system to view x-rays digitally right in the trauma room.
“That was a large part of it,” Joel said.
The trauma room has new lighting and computer terminals, improved shelving and a hands-free sink to meet infection control standards, and new flooring.
The renovation involved reorganizing the layout of the trauma room.
“We’ve effectively been able to move the patient to the center of the room which is a much better flow for the staff,” Joel said.
Health centre staff also use the trauma room to carry out various medical procedures.
This is the first upgrade to the trauma room since the building opened in 1985.
“The purpose of it back then was almost more of a procedure room,” Joel said. “It still has that dual function, but perhaps that’s why it was set up the way it was.”
The work was carried out over about four months.
“We had to do a makeshift trauma room,” Joel said of converting part of the overflow room. “It was a little crowded but we made it work.”
Fort Macleod Health Foundation chair Susan Koots was pleased to see the project completed.
“Any of us can use it at any time,” Koots said.
The $105,000 was raised through two Oktoberfest fund-raising dinners as well as one casino at which foundation members volunteered.
“It was predominantly local money that paid for this,” Koots said. “It’s amazing that in two events and a casino we were able to do this.”
The next fund-raising project for the health foundation is a $15,000 Lifepak 15, which is a combination monitor and defibrillator.