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 July 2021, we have been able to invest over $2 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 media services

Complimentary bedside phone, television, and video chat services for patients at more than 500 beds for 12 months.

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

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 for patient care and critical care procedures.

The Feeding the Frontlines initiative

The Feeding the Frontlines initiative that provided over 30,000 complimentary meals to frontline health care workers at HSC.

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.

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

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

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 for safely and efficiently lifting and moving patients.

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 device that allows rapid administration of fluids and blood products for patients who are in shock.

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.

Thermoguard XP

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

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, 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.

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.

Vital signs machines

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

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 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.