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Posted by admin, December 5, 2012 10:48 am

Paediatric patients will benefit from a $10,800 donation to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation from this year’s annual Truck Drive for Kids.

The Foundation received the donation, which was well supported by businesses and the local community, the Combined Lions Clubs (Moore Park, Bargara and Bargara Lioness) who organised the event on April 1.

“This event has been a fantastic initiative of the Combined Lions Clubs which has raised $55,800 for sick children at Bundaberg Hospital,’’ Foundation manager Maria Burnet said.

“This is due to the fantastic organisation of the event and also the wonderful community support given to the fundraiser,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“These generous donations by the Combined Lions Clubs have ensured the purchase of so much non-Government funded equipment which has improved outcomes for paediatric patients,’’ Ms Burnet said.

A range of paediatric services will benefit with the main benefactor being the Special Care Nursery which will spend the majority of the funds on neonatal resuscitation equipment.

The Bubble CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine will be used by doctors to help promote breathing in premature newborns. The key to the procedure is the bubbles, which are created in a water column that is mixed with humidified air to increase a newborns respiration.  It is considered a much safer device to help newborns breath than a mechanical respirator and can aid a newborn’s lung development.

It is beneficial to the Special Care Nursery as it means babies can remain at Bundaberg Hospital instead of sending them to larger hospitals in Brisbane.

Funds also purchased to MR10s which are vital sign monitors designed to detect the cessation of breathing in babies who are at risk of respiratory failure.

“People out there in the community are extremely generous in supporting these fundraising campaigns and they can be assured that money is being well utilised to help our local younger patients and relieve stress for parents caring for their sick children,’’ Ms Burnet said.

Planning for next year’s Truck Drive for Kids is underway and it will be held on March 24.

For more information on donating to the Foundation to help purchase these non-Government funded items, the extras that make a stay at Bundaberg Hospital more comfortable, please telephone the Foundation on 4150 2863. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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