Why AMGH needs new IV Pumps

Jerry Hall - One Patient's Experience

The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital has an urgent need to replace its current IV Pumps.  An Intravenous Pump is used to administer medications, nutrients, blood products, and fluids to patients.  The pumps allow a patient to safely receive fluids, blood products and nutrients in the precise amount and time they need.    Alexandra Marine and General Hospital relies on this technology to assure we can provide the best possible outcomes for the patients we care for.  New technology and support for the equipment is crucial to providing the best patient care. 

Jerry Hall knows first hand what IV Pumps are used for and can attest to how important they are.  He has plenty of experience and knowledge.  Jerry has a condition that affects the production of his red blood cells and he receives regular blood transfusions at AMGH. 

Hear Jerry share his experience at AMGH

Madi's Story

From Madison's Mom Michelle

We are sharing our story, in hopes of raising awareness about the importance of defibrillators and proper CPR training.  

On October 6th, 2011, my 14 year old daughter collapsed in our home from an undiagnosed heart condition.  She was not breathing and had no pulse.  My son called 9-1-1 and I started CPR.  I continued doing compressions until Greg and Tony, our favourite paramedics, arrived and took over.  It was the shocks from the defibrillator that brought Madi back to life.  Without the defibrillator, the chances of Madi surviving were nil.  

We were rushed to Goderich Hospital and airlifted to London's Children's Hospital.  She was diagnosed with H.C.M. It was then decided by a huge medical team that Madison would have an I.C.D implanted to prevent further sudden cardiac arrests.  We also know two other families who both had children suffer cardiac arrests that year, that live in the area, who were saved by a combination of CPR and defibrillators.  

With no signs or symptoms of a heart condition, it is impossible to know when a defibrillator might be needed to save your life.  And your knowledge of CPR could be used to save someone else's life.  The need for defibrillators and CPR training is extremely high.  Please help us to spread awareness, so hopefully no family has to lose a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest.

A Defibrillator saved my life...

Rob Brindley

On May 28, 2008, at the age of 28, Rob Brindley died...for 13 mins.  Rob was working at Rona in Goderich and was busy moving inventory into the new location.  On one of his trips into the building he collapsed.  He was conscious and was helped to his feet by some coworkers who were close by.  But then he collapsed again and his heart stopped beating.  Rob's coworkers called 911 and performed CPR until the paramedics arrived.  The paramedics used a Defibrillator three times to shock Rob's heart into restarting.  Rob was transported to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital where he was stabilized and put into a medically induced coma to prevent further damage to his heart.  Rob was transferred to London's University Hospital where he remained in his coma for four days.  When Rob came to he had no memory of the incident, in fact his memory of the entire day was gone.

Rob had no previous heart condition and, despite many tests, doctors were unable to explain what caused his heart to stop.  Rob had an internal Defibrillator implanted, that also acts as a pace maker.  In the event that Rob's heart rhythm becomes erratic, the pace maker is designed to bring it back into rhythm.  If Rob's heart stops again, the internal Defibrillator will shock Rob's heart in order to restart it.

Rob continues to live his life like normal.  He lightheartedly shares that it was "a pretty cool experience" that has given him a positive attitude about life and changed his outlook and what he values.