Young Maitland Hospital patients will now be even safer thanks to a new syringe pump donated by Mortgage Choice Maitland and Hunter.
The $2,270 machine, the Agilia Volumat MC Syringe Pump, was officially presented to the hospital on Thursday.
The pump helps deliver drugs at the correct pressures for infants’ and children’s small veins.
While delivering too much pressure was rare, clinical nurse educator Karissa MacGregor said it could cause pain and the new machine would eliminate the risk.
“Anything to improve safety, we try and do,” she said.
Ms MacGregor said the pump would be used daily and that she hoped the hospital could acquire more machines in the future.
The donation was made through the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, which helps provide equipment to hospitals from ‘wish lists’.
The money for the machine was raised at Mortgage Choice’s charity golf day last year.
Humpty Dumpty Foundation founder Paul Francis OAM said Mortgage Choice’s support of the foundation was “immeasurable”.
“Their support to families in Maitland means children have access to medical equipment that is very much needed by the medical staff and, most of all, it is life-saving,” Mr Francis said.
Mortgage Choice owner Laurie Anderson said she was a big supporter of Maitland Hospital. “Being a mum and seeing what these guys do, it’s sometimes a thankless job,” she said.