Children being treated for the life-threatening illness, Sepsis, at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow will benefit from improved treatment from today thanks to vital new equipment provided by two charities.
Sepsis Research (FEAT), the only UK charity dedicated to raising money for sepsis research, and Spifox combined to donate six monitors to the hospital to help early detection of sepsis in vulnerable young children.
Funding for the monitors was channelled to the hospital via Sepsis Research (FEAT) after it was donated to them by Spifox, the Scottish property industry’s charity which raises money to help children and young people.
The monitors support measurements of the Paediatric Early Warning Scores (PEWS), which record and track an infant or child’s clinical status with regard to changes in heart rate, temperature and blood pressure.
The early appreciation of changes will allow faster detection, response and treatment contributing to improved, effective sepsis diagnosis and management.
The monitors will be used in Ward 2C, a critical care area, to constantly monitor children for any signs of deterioration in their condition.
The monitors were accepted on behalf of the hospital by Senior Staff Nurse Sharon Pate who said: “In a very busy paediatric word it is vital all our patients are monitored regularly and closely for signs of deterioration. The addition of these new monitors will greatly improve our ability to monitor patients and provide vital care.”
Colin Graham, chief operating officer for Sepsis Research, said: “We’re delighted to have collaborated with Spifox to deliver this equipment to the children’s hospital.
“Sepsis is a very dangerous illness which can attack anyone from the tiniest babies to older adults. We hope these monitors will help hospital staff as they care for the young patients by detecting sepsis at the earliest possible moment and, by doing so, help the children to recover fully and quickly.”
Spifox Trustee David Mackenzie added: “As a Scottish Children’s charity, Spifox are delighted to be able to provide these six monitors for the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. It is great to know that they will assist hugely in the early detection of sepsis in babies and young children.”