Kitchener hospital puts out request for help to replace aging equipment – Kitchener

A Kitchener hospital has urged businesses and residents in the area to help them upgrade and purchase new diagnostic equipment.

St. Mary’s General Hospital said it needs to update its diagnostic equipment and add more to properly serve the fast-growing region in which it serves and to keep up with advances in technology.

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“For example, the newest nuclear diagnostic camera in St. Mary’s is already 10 years old. The other two have far exceeded their useful life, ”said Dr. Richard Dubeau, the hospital’s chief nuclear medicine officer.

“The image quality is sufficient, but not ideal. If you can be more precise in advance, it speeds up medical care for all patients with less risk of harm. “

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The hospital performs more than a million diagnostic tests annually, including work, ultrasound, x-ray, or electrocardiogram.

According to the SMGH, doing this is generally the first step in providing patients with the right care they need.

“With new diagnostic equipment, the quality and speed of diagnosis are vastly improved as the accuracy is improved,” said Dubeau.

The province does not provide funding for medical equipment to hospitals, so the hospital is seeking public support.

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“Empathetic care really means treating our patients as family and friends,” said Natisha Lal, SMGH’s administrative director for imaging and nuclear medicine.

“Many patients who come to us are afraid. You don’t know what will happen next. Being able to provide them with accurate answers in a timely manner helps allay their concerns. “

Those interested in helping the hospital in its emergency should visit supportstmarys.ca/give for more information.

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