Our Needs - Ultrasounds for HSC's Anesthesia Program

You can help HSC’s operating rooms get a critical upgrade to improve patient care

Goal: $250,000

The operating rooms inside Health Sciences Centre are the busiest in in the province. Inside, doctors perform more than 22,000 surgeries every year -- many for patients with complex conditions requiring intricate surgeries. 

To give Manitobans the best care possible, HSC needs the best equipment possible. We need your help bringing new, leading-edge ultrasound machines to HSC’s Anesthesia Program. With your support, surgery patients will receive better care, and get back to their families sooner.
Anesthesia Ultrasounds
Most surgery patients need to undergo anesthetic for their operations. For those with heart disease (or who are at-risk of developing heart disease), this places stress on the heart, making surgery especially risky. Ultrasound machines show anesthesiologists images of a patient’s heart in real-time. Medical teams can assess how the heart muscle, valves, and major blood vessels are functioning. This helps guide their delivery of medications and intravenous fluids, and informs decisions about further diagnostic tests or lifesaving treatments. All of this can reduce stress on the patient’s heart. 
Ultrasounds can also be used to look at other structures in the body, which helps guide the insertion large intravenous lines into major veins and arteries. An ultrasound can also pinpoint the location of nerves, and carefully guide accurate "freezing" with local anesthetic. The ability to guide these insertions with ultrasound makes patient care better, less risky, more comfortable, and more cost-effective.
The HSC Foundation needs your help bringing new transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography machines to HSC. They will cost $250,000 to fund, and the Anesthesia Program has already contributed $50,000 toward it. Your gift will help equip medical teams in HSC’s operating rooms with the tools they need to provide the future of health care to patients today. It will also help train the next generation of anesthesiologists with the most up-to-date and potentially lifesaving technology.
Donate online to this project today or call 204-515-5612 to learn more about your giving options.