$11,230 raised for Gosford Hospital Medical Equipment

Traden Construction School has proudly handed over $11,230 raised from the 2022 Trojan Row event to Gosford Hospital for the purchase of important new medical equipment.

A new $10,000 ultrasound machine will be purchased for Gosford Hospital’s Vascular Access Team, which consists of specially trained clinicians who assess, insert and manage vascular access catheters such as Peripheral Venous Cannulas (PIV) and Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC), also called a PICC line, so patients can receive intravenous fluids and medications.

The new wireless handheld ultrasound machine will assist the team with assessing vascular access to confirm the correct placement for the catheter insertion prior to the procedure. This is considered best practice standards for this procedure.

To date, the Vascular Access Team has had to borrow an ultrasound machine from the Intensive Care Unit. Now having their own machine will help to ensure care is delivered without delay.

Additional funds donated will also go towards the purchase of a new Sara Stedy (a non-powered device that ensures patients can be positioned from sit to stand transfers safely, quickly and with ease) for Gosford Hospital’s J9 / Orthopaedic Inpatient Unit.

By using the Sara Stedy, patients can remain mobile (with support), so they can complete their daily tasks such as toileting, dressing and transfers.

With encouraged movement provided by the Sara Stedy, patients can experience accelerated recovery of their mobility.

Having a Sara Stedy available avoids the use of mechanical lifters for patients, which helps to maintain their dignity.