Auxiliary Funds New Equipment for Brookings Health System

Posted: 7/31/2017

Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary recently donated funds for Brookings Health System to buy three new pieces of medical equipment, including this Doppler monitor to check the babies of OB patients who have a C-section birth. Other equipment purchased with the funds included an EZ IO drill to help care providers deliver medications or fluids directly into the bone marrow and a pager system to notify surgical patients’ families when a procedure is finished.Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary recently provided funding for three new pieces of medical equipment at Brookings Health System. The equipment will benefit surgical, OB and emergency patients.

The Auxiliary funds will help Brookings Health System implement a new pager system in the surgical area. The system will help staff manage time for families as they wait during their loved one’s procedure. Family members will be given a pager, similar to those given in restaurants, to notify them when the patient is out of surgery. This allows family members to visit the cafeteria or other areas of Brookings Health System’s campus while they wait. The pagers will vibrate and flash, alerting family members when the surgeon is ready to visit with them.

Also thanks to the Auxiliary donation, providers in the operating room will now have their own dedicated Doppler monitor. The monitor allows providers to listen to a baby’s heartbeat during a Caesarean delivery. The hand-held unit assures care providers of a baby’s health status during the procedure.

For the emergency room, the Auxiliary donation helped purchase an EZ IO drill for intraosseous infusion (IO), a process of injecting medication or fluids directly into the bone marrow when vascular IV access is not available. IO is often used in critical situations and life-threatening emergencies, such as cardiac events, stroke or respiratory failure.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.