Following a fantastic year of charity collections, PRYZM Plymouth has donated £8,260 via their Charitable Trust, Echo, to the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund. The money will be used to purchase an important piece of equipment for the Children’s High Dependency Unit (CDHU) at Derriford Hospital.
The money donated by Echo Trust will be used to buy a Trans-cutaneous CO2 monitor, which consistently monitors CO2 levels in the blood without the need for regular blood tests. Many of the children admitted to the CHDU have respiratory compromise, a state in which there is a high likelihood of respiratory failure and requires close monitoring. If C02 levels in the blood become too high then a ventilator may be required to breathe for the child. Staff Nurse, Melody Daymond, said: “We are going into our busy winter period with many babies and children requiring care in the CHDU. Having this new piece of equipment is very exciting for us and will enable us to improve our current practice which will have a direct impact on the young people we care for.” Currently, measuring CO2 levels on a child requires blood to be obtained at regular intervals, which can be very distressing. “With the CO2 monitor, we will now be able to attach a small probe to the child and monitor CO2 levels without causing any pain or distress. “We will be able to monitor the CO2 closely, meaning early detection of the child deteriorating, enabling us to provide the necessary treatment.”
General Manager at Pryzm Plymouth, Christian Kent, said: “It’s with thanks to the customers of Pryzm that Echo Trust is able to donate to such important causes. “We are really pleased to be able to donate something which will benefit the patients on the CHDU at Derriford Hospital.” Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers, said: “Children’s Happy Hospital Fund want to thank Pryzm Plymouth, their customers and Echo Trust for their fantastic donation. The CO2 monitor can be used across Level 12 for those patients that would benefit from it but predominantly in our High Dependency Unit. “This will make a real difference to babies who need to be monitored.”