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Donation of Acutronics Video Intubation Unit

Dear Stephen and Roslyn,

Thank you for your very generous donation of an Acutronics Video Intubation Unit for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital

This letter is to express our sincere thanks to the Kids Like Brett Campaign for your very generous donation of an Acutronics Video Intubation Unit for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital.

The Video Intubation equipment will assist our doctors to intubate critically ill babies, in order to provide the babies with life saving respiratory support. The Video Intubation Unit helps our doctors visualise the baby’s vocal cords, making it easier to place a breathing tube into the baby’s tiny lungs when the baby is too small or too unwell to breathe on his or her own.

The equipment not only makes it easier to intubate the baby, but also helps to prevent serious damage from trauma that may occur if the vocal cords are not well visualised. 

The equipment also provides us with the ability to teach our junior doctors and nurses how to intubate babies safely. This is particularly important in a teaching hospital, such as Royal North Shore Hospital, where we are training doctors and nurses who will go on to provide emergency care for babies in other hospitals around Australia and in other parts of the world. Providing these young doctors and nurses with skills in neonatal resuscitation and intubation will result in benefits for babies in the future for many years to come.
We would also like to thank you for your continuing support for the RNSH Newborn Care Center over the past 5 years. The Neonatal Ventilator and Resuscitaire that you donated in 2003 continue to be used in our Newborn Care Center and Delivery Suite on a daily basis. The ventilator has been used to provide life saving care to over 100 babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Resuscitaire has been used for resuscitation and warmth when required for around 1000 babies in the Delivery Suite. The neonatal ultrasound transducer donated in early 2007 is also being used on a daily basis in the NICU to help us diagnose and guide management of life threatening problems in our tiny babies who require neonatal intensive care support.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the RNSH Newborn Care Center. We look forward to you joining us on Monday 18th  February at 4pm so that we can thank you personally for your support.

With kind regards.

Yours sincerely

Dr Jennifer Bowen, MBBS, FRACP.
Neonatal Paediatrician
On behalf of the Department of Neonatology

31 January 2008