Supporting Surgical Patients

Thanks to the successful 2016 Wishlist Spring Carnival, Wishlist purchased a $122,500 General Surgery Flex Focus 800 BK Ultrasound.

This device allows surgeons to see potentially-cancerous tumours and lesions in ‘real time’ during operations on the liver or pancreas.

It is also the first machine of its type on the Sunshine Coast.

Click on the video below to see how this specialised piece of equipment benefits patients across the Sunshine Coast.

Mini C Fluro Scan

The $115,885 Fluroscan has been purchased for Nambour Hospital's Operating Theatres.

It is an imaging device used in the theatres to image extremities during orthopaedic procedures, such as fracture reductions and wire insertions.

As it uses less radiation than conventional equipment it is ideal to use on children. It does not require the attendance of a trained radiographer, allowing other clinicians to perform the imaging, reducing anaesthetic times for patients and stress for theatre staff. 

There are multiple benefits to both patients and staff with this equipment including:

  • Patient Safety & Comfort
  • Minimised radiation
  • Less risk from prolonged painkillers. If an anaesthetised patient in theatre has to wait for a radiographer to be available before they can be X-rayed, they can sometimes spend more time under anaesthetic, thereby increasing anaesthetic risk. The Mini C-Arm will allow surgical staff to X-ray the patient faster, which can reduce the time spent under anaesthetic.
  • Efficiency. The Mini C-Arm will reduce waiting times for the X-ray in theatre. It doesn’t require a radiographer to operate, meaning it can be operated by surgical staff. This can reduce the time a patient has to wait under anaesthetic for a radiographer to be present, but it also frees up the radiographer to work elsewhere. 
  • The Mini C-Arm can be used for about 70% of patients with broken or dislocated ankles, wrists, elbows, arms and legs, who require surgery many of whom are paediatric patients.
  • Less time wasted. Patients sometimes require an X-ray in theatre before surgery can commence, so accessing a radiographer without notice can be problematic. The Mini C-Arm will have a flow-on effect, freeing staff to both X-ray and perform the surgery, as well as freeing the radiographer.