A new machine will support Westmead Hospital patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, thanks to a generous donation by the hospital’s volunteers.
Two devices valued at $40,000 automatically perform CPR, or chest compressions without stopping, to maintain the circulation of oxygen to the heart and brain.
CPR is a physically demanding task that involves physical force to compress the chest, which limits the amount of time it can be used.
Westmead Hospital emergency department staff specialist Andrew Coggins explained the equipment has already been used on more than 80 patients requiring resuscitation within the emergency department.
“Westmead Hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments in the state and we receive many patients with life-threatening conditions who need urgent attention,” Andrew said.
“CPR is a common procedure in the department and using this technology which administers automatic compressions.
“I’d like to thank the hospital’s volunteers who assisted with raising the money to purchase this life-saving equipment,” Andrew said.
Westmead Hospital’s Corporate Services director Mathivanan Sakthivel said the volunteers regularly raise money to purchase medical equipment for various departments and wards.
“Thank you to the volunteers for helping our patients and reducing fatigue on our staff,” Mathi said.
This technology is also utilised in Westmead Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory.