QEII COVID-19 Response FundDonor impact on health care during COVID-19.
Ensuring the QEII Health Sciences Centre and its healthcare teams are equipped and ready, no matter what this pandemic brings their way.
VIRTUAL CARE SOLUTIONS
Donors have helped connect patients with their care providers safely from home. One of the first purchases made through the QEII COVID-19 Response Fund was 1,000 pulse oximeters for COVID-19 patients. A pulse oximeter clips on a patient’s finger and monitors the percentage of oxygen in the blood, along with heart rate. These pieces of technology are vital in order for patients to be safely monitored at home.
From donor-funded equipment within Nova Scotia’s only COVID-19 test lab to new sterilization units, QEII Foundation donors have brought vital new technologies to the QEII when it has been needed most such as;
- Applied Biosystems (ABI) 7500 Fast, a tool that is crucial for identifying COVID-19 in lab samples
- CleanFlow Health Care Unit, a piece of equipment that ensures the proper sterilization of N95 masks
- Two handheld, portable ultrasounds that provide accurate clinical assessment and diagnostics, without the patient being required to leave their bed
Donor funds were able to purchase 62 iPads to support families who have been impacted by COVID-19 protocols. These iPads allow patients and their families to connect virtually and enjoy the comfort of being able to see each other, despite having to spend some time physically apart.
QEII Foundation donors were able help fund several crucial and world-leading research studies that will take place at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The QEII Foundation joined forces with the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition which was established to rapidly respond to urgent COVID-19 focused research right here in Nova Scotia.
The QEII Foundation will continue to rally our community in support of the QEII’s needs amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To help fuel local response efforts based on immediate and evolving needs, you can support the QEII COVID-19 Response Fund here.
Even before COVID-19 was here, we knew it was coming and there was massive, massive preparation. We had to restructure units to house potential patients and we started very intense training to ensure we were well-prepared.”
Chris Fraser and his team say that the community has shown “amazing, overwhelming support” for the QEII COVID-19 Response Fund and the impact of those donations continues to be felt in all corners of the QEII, every day.