Brian Kennedy took time out to visit Crumlin Children’s Hospital on behalf of Heart Children Ireland to announce the acquisition of 18 new Oxygen Saturation Monitors for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and joins Holly in the photo below with one of the new machines. We got great coverage this week with this photo for Heart Children Ireland with it appearing exclusively in the Irish Times and also in the Daily Mail and Sunday Business Post. Details of press release are below the photo.
Brian Kennedy announces acquisition of 18 new
Oxygen Saturation Monitors for
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Heart Children Ireland raised funds to purchase much needed equipment to enable parents
to monitor their baby at home rather than endure lengthy hospital stays
30th October 2012
Brian Kennedy, supporter of Heart Children Ireland, a voluntary support group and registered charity for those affected by congenital heart defects, has announced the acquisition of 18 Oxygen Saturation Monitors for the Cardiac Ward of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Oxygen Saturation Monitors are used to measure the level of oxygen in the blood and to check a patient’s heart rate. These battery operated portable machines, which cost €550 each, will be provided to parents of small babies suffering from Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, enabling them to bring their children home instead of having to remain in hospital and liaising directly with the hospital in relation to their treatment. The new machines will be prescribed to appropriate patients by the cardiac medical team and will be returned by the patient to the hospital.
A congenital heart defect is a defect in the structure of the heart and blood vessels which is present at birth. The condition accounts for the largest number of birth defects in Ireland, accounting for 1% of all live births per year. With improvements in surgery and intervention techniques, 95% of these children survive into adulthood.
Suzanne Treacy, Chairperson with Heart Children Ireland, explains the difference that having Oxygen Saturation Monitors will make for a family with a child suffering from a heart condition.
“Oxygen Saturation Monitors can really help the families of babies born with congenital heart defects as it enables them to monitor the child’s heart rate and the level of oxygen in their blood while they are at home. This means that instead of the child having to stay in hospital for lengthy periods of time, they can go home and live as normal a family life as possible.”