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Life-saving kit unveiled thanks to charity cash
20 May 2018

The resuscitaire machine

The resuscitaire machineA specialist piece of life-saving equipment which resuscitates young babies who are struggling to breathe is now available in Ipswich Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.

Current and former hospital staff, together with local people, raised £6,800 to buy the resuscitaire machine, which is used to resuscitate newborns and babies aged up to around six months. As well as providing support for breathing and helping staff monitor the baby’s pulse and oxygen levels, the equipment has its own light and heat source, which is vital for creating the right environment to resuscitate a baby.

It also has integrated scales so that doctors and nurses can accurately calculate any fluid or medication they need to give as part of the resuscitation process.

The fundraising drive, which included sponsored cycle rides and bake sales, was launched by former staff Jenny Edmonds and Becky Simmonds, who returned to the hospital yesterday (09 May) to see how the money has been spent. It was also well-supported by local people, who also donated to the total.

Emma Knights, lead nurse for paediatric urgent care, said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to purchase this life-saving piece of equipment, which will make a real difference to newborns who need extra help to breathe. We already have a resuscitaire in all of our delivery suites, but having a dedicated machine for the ED will make it easier for us to provide high quality care when babies are rushed into hospital unexpectedly.

“A lot of hard work went into raising the money, and we also received some sizeable donations from the local community. We are really grateful to everyone who supported the appeal and would like to thank them for their generosity.”