COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund

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In March 2020, we established the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund to help HSC Winnipeg meet the ever-evolving demands of the pandemic. As of March 2022, we have been able to invest over $2.5 million thanks to your generosity. Here is a snapshot of what your support has made possible so far:

High-flow nasal cannula machines, inside a hospital room

High-flow nasal cannula machines

High-flow nasal cannula machines to keep patients off ventilators for as long as possible.

In a hostpital room: edge II ultrasound machines

EDGE II ultrasound machines

EDGE II ultrasound machines for vital procedures and a wide variety of patient evaluations.

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Video-assisted laryngoscopes

New video-assisted laryngoscopes that are essential given the dramatic increase in resuscitations and patients requiring intubation.

Bedside Entertainment Unit

Bedside media services

Complimentary bedside phone, television, and video chat services for patients at more than 500 beds for 20 months.

With support from HSC Foundation’s lottery programs.

A work-on-wheels-workstation

Work-on-wheels workstations

Work-on-wheels workstations to help health care professionals perform their demanding, essential daily tasks.

End tidal modules

End-tidal modules

End-tidal modules that allow a patient’s CO2 to be measured from a safe distance without drawing blood.

A PX Ultrasound machine

PX ultrasound machines

PX ultrasound machines for HSC’s Emergency Department, the largest and busiest ED in Manitoba.

Funded through Savour Virtual: Wine & Food Experience

Bedside carts

Bedside carts

Bedside carts for patient care and critical care procedures.

HSC Nurse carrying pre-made meals for front-line staff.

The Feeding the Frontlines initiative

The Feeding the Frontlines initiative that provided over 43,000 complimentary meals to frontline health care workers at HSC.

HSC nurse wearing an N95-like silicone mask

N95-like silicone masks

Investment in the research and development of locally produced N95-like silicone masks that can be sterilized right on the hospital unit.

Pictured: HSC’s Dr. Christian Petropolis, mask co-designer.

An oximeter

Virtual COVID-19 Outpatient Program

Equipment purchases (specifically tablets, thermometers, and oximeters) to support HSC’s Virtual COVID-19 Outpatient Program for people like Lin Conover who recovered from COVID-19 at home, and people with chronic conditions.

“If it had not been for the VCOP people really paying attention to me and monitoring my condition, this could have been a very different story.” – Lin Conover

A portable ventilator machine

Portable ventilators

Portable ventilators to use when transporting patients, and at bedsides outside of the ICU if required.

Funded through Savour Virtual: Wine & Food Experience

HSC Nurse holding new iPad.

Tablets and mobile phones

Tablets and mobile phones that allow patients to stay in touch with their families and to facilitate meetings among patients, their families, and care providers while visitor restrictions are in place.


Expanded cellular coverage

Expanded cellular coverage in the Emergency Department to address communication issues for staff and allow patients to communicate more easily with loved ones.


UV disinfection units

UV disinfection units to sterilize items brought into the hospital. These units kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses without using harsh chemicals.

Arjo Hoyer portable lifts

Arjo Hoyer portable lifts

Arjo Hoyer portable lifts for safely and efficiently lifting and moving patients.

Thromboelastography equipment

A thromboelastography tool

A thromboelastography tool that rapidly tests blood and checks for problems with clotting. In minutes staff can obtain a result that directs which blood product is needed next in a transfusion.

A Belmont Rapid Infuser

A Belmont Rapid Infuser

A Belmont Rapid Infuser, a device that allows rapid administration of fluids and blood products for patients who are in shock.

A portable telemetry monitor

Portable telemetry monitors

Portable telemetry monitors so that electrocardiograms can be assessed at the bedside, eliminating the strain on both patients and hospital resources of having to move patients to fixed stations elsewhere in the hospital.

A Thermoguard XP

Thermoguard XP

Thermoguard XP, a device that helps maintain body temperature at a specific goal to heal injuries and blood clotting.

A stationary bike

PsycHealth’s Movement for Mental Health program

Spin cycles and tablets that enhance HSC’s PsycHealth’s Movement for Mental Health program for in-patients as the pandemic shines a bright light on the importance of mental health programming and care.

Funded through Savour Virtual: Wine & Food Experience

A blue light laser

A blue light laser

A blue light laser, used in vocal cord surgery, that is less invasive, allows for quicker recovery, better patient outcomes, and can be used on an awake patient in an outpatient clinic thereby freeing up space in the operating room.

A Bluetooth-enabled oxygen sensor

Bluetooth-enabled oxygen sensors

Bluetooth-enabled oxygen sensors that immediately alert staff when there is a disruption in a patient’s oxygen supply. These complement previously purchased CO2 monitors that allow patient monitoring at a distance.

Low air loss air pressure relief bed

Vital signs machines

Additional vital signs machines that ensure availability at patient bedsides when they are needed.

The Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine

Hotel rooms

Hotel rooms for frontline health care workers to rest and wash between shifts and before going home.

Reusable, non-medical masks

Reusable, non-medical masks

Fifteen thousand reusable, non-medical masks that ensure visitors can still see their loved ones or attend appointments at HSC Winnipeg, even if they have forgotten to bring a mask or do not own one.

Patient rotation sleeve

Patient Rotation Sleeves

Patient rotation sleeves better utilize hospital resources by helping health care professionals rotate patients onto their stomachs. This position improves oxygen supply to their lungs, ultimately improving patient care and reducing mortality.

High-support chair

High-Support Chair

This specialized piece of equipment can convert from a stretcher to a chair, helping to improve torso control as patients start moving after being in bed for prolonged periods.

Ceiling-mounted track

Ceiling-Mounted Track for Intermediate Intensive Care

Using slings, this track provides support to weaker patients as they start taking their first steps.

Double-wide sliding door refrigerator.

Staff Refrigerators

With the increased workload and the increase in staffing, Medical Intensive Care staff were in need of a new refrigerator for their break room.


Q-NRG+ Metabolic Monitor from Baxter

The Q-NRG+ is a portable machine that measures resting energy expenditure in patients to help staff calculate how many calories each individual patient requires.