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Patients benefit from autumn twist

District nursing service patients will benefit from new equipment, bought with the money raised through Heathcote Health’s fundraising efforts.

BARBARA SUNGAILA July 23, 2014 3:02am

District nurse Liz Whelan takes Heathcote Health staff member Sue Munro’s temperature with a tympanic thermometers and measures her oxygen saturation with a pulse oximeter.

District nursing service patients are benefiting from Heathcote Health’s fundraising efforts.

The 2014 Autumn Twist dance raised more than $1600 through community support and generous donations from local businesses.

The money was used to buy pieces of equipment for the district nursing service, including two tympanic thermometer and a pulse oximeter.

The items are used by the nurses to perform health assessments and make accurate decisions about their client’s care.

District nurse Liz Whelan said it was great to have the new equipment.

‘‘The old equipment wasn’t suitable for us on the road — it wouldn’t work in cold weather and we had to wait for it to warm up,’’ she said.

‘‘Because we’ve got a new thermometer for each of the nurses, there’s plenty to go around.’’

The pulse oximeter is used for patients with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, emphysema, and patients with cardiac conditions.

It is non-invasive and gives an precise reading of a patient’s oxygen saturation in seconds.

A tympanic thermometer gives a quick and accurate reading of a patient’s temperature, which helps gauge whether a patient is developing an infection or having a reaction to something.

Heathcote Health’s charity golf classic is on at Heathcote Golf Club on October 17.

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