Our Needs - Ultrasounds for HSC's Anesthesia Program

Save A Life by Helping Surgeons See Inside

Goal: $250,000



New ultrasound machines provide critically-needed patient information for HSC surgeons and anesthesiologists

Anesthesia Ultrasounds
You’re about to undergo full anesthetic for your operation. You’re already stressed about the surgery, let alone the effects "going under” will have on your body and your recovery. You’re scared that your heart disease will increase the risks associated with your surgery. 

But the surgeon tells you that she can monitor your heart with a simple machine. A machine that will show images of your heart in real-time, so she and the surgical team will have the best information to create your surgical plan before your operation. The relief of knowing that your doctor has the best tools available to plan and monitor your surgery reduces your fear and stress. You’re in a much better position for a successful operation and quicker recovery. 

But what if your doctor didn’t have these tools? What if you could do something about it?


Most surgery patients need to undergo full anesthetic for their operations. For people with heart disease (or at-risk of developing heart disease), this places additional stress on the heart, making surgery especially risky.  
Transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography machines — also known as ultrasound machines —  show anesthesiologists images of a patient’s heart in real-time. Medical teams can assess how the heart muscle, valves, and major blood vessels are functioning. This helps guide medical teams in the delivery of medications and intravenous fluids, and impacts decisions about further diagnostic tests or lifesaving treatments. All of this can reduce stress on the patient’s heart. 
However, more and more complex surgeries are being performed here. And Health Sciences Centre doesn’t have enough of these specific ultrasound machines to keep pace with the need. In order to provide the most effective, least invasive and stressful, and most efficient patient care, HSC needs at least one transesophageal and one transthoracic echocardiography machine.  
In addition to monitoring the heart, these ultrasounds can also be used to look at other structures in the body. For an anesthesiologist, an ultrasound can pinpoint the location of nerves, and carefully guide accurate "freezing" with local anesthetic. This means medical teams can administer the smallest amount of medication for the biggest effect and pain relief. 
Often, anesthesiologists need to insert large intravenous lines into major veins and arteries. The ability to guide these insertions with ultrasound makes patient care better, less risky, more comfortable, and more cost-effective.
These ultrasounds are needed at HSC. Some of the machines are outdated and it’s more effective to replace them with newer technology. Patients treated with these leading-edge ultrasound machines will get the best care available and get back to their families sooner. 


That’s how you can save a life.The cost to replace these ultrasounds is $250,000. The HSC Anesthesia Program has already contributed $50,000. Your gift to the remaining $200,000 will help surgeons see inside their patients and save lives.  
We need your help bringing new transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography machines to HSC’s Anesthesia Program. You can equip medical teams in HSC’s operating rooms with the tools they need to provide the future of health care to patients today. It will also train the next generation of anesthesiologists with the most up-to-date and potentially lifesaving technology. 

Help HSC surgeons see inside and save a life. Call the HSC Foundation at 204-515-5612 or donate online to this project today.