Michal Smialowski

Michal Smialowski

Chilcotin gets life-saving equipment

We are pleased to announce that the West Chilcotin Healthcare Society (WCHCS) has presented its first equipment purchase, the EZ-IO.

Michal Smialowski

Special to the Tribune/Weekend Advisor

We are pleased to announce that the West Chilcotin Healthcare Society (WCHCS) has presented the West Chilcotin Health Center with its first equipment purchase, the EZ-IO.

This is a life saving device that allows rapid intravenous access to deliver fluids and medications in situations where starting a traditional intravenous is difficult or impossible.

The WCHCS purchased the EZ-IO but will be reimbursed through a grant from the TRA.

Contact has been made with the Provincial Access to Defibrillation program and they have been very receptive to the idea of placing AEDs (defibrillators) in strategic places throughout the Chilcotin.

We are in the process of determining exactly where the defibrillators will be deployed.

If anyone is interested in the program please contact the Society at WCHCSociety@gmail.com.

The Lifepak 15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator has been purchased and is being prepped for delivery.

The unit will be maintained and serviced by the Interior Health Authority.

Although it has been a slow process to get the Lifepak 15, it looks like the whole process is coming to fruition.

The two Food Fairs at Tatla Lake have raised a significant amount of cash for the WCHCS and  there will be more on this in a separate article.

Thanks to all those involved.

The first Family Practice trainee, Dr. Deep Sidhu, spent a week with Dr. Rob getting exposed to medicine in the frontier and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The next trainee should be here in September.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

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