The maternity department at Campbell River Hospital has received some new equipment thanks to the Campbell River Altrusa Club.
The club, which supports a variety of causes throughout the Campbell River area, most recently helped the Campbell River Hospital Foundation with the purchase of a Fetal Doppler and Bili Metre Sensor for the maternity department.
A Fetal Doppler is a hand-held ultrasound transducer used to detect the fetal heartbeat for prenatal care.
It uses the Doppler effect to provide an audible simulation of the heartbeat.
Doppler fetal monitors provide information about the fetus similar to that provided by a fetal stethoscope.
One advantage of the Doppler fetal monitor over a (purely accoustic) fetal stethoscope is the electronic audio output, which allows people other than the user to hear the heartbeat, such as the expecting mom and family.
The light therapy from Bili Lights and Bili Beds are tools to treat newborn jaundice.
Jaundice is seen in 30 to 60 per cent of full-term newborns and in nearly all premature infants, and occurs when a baby develops high levels of bilirubin, a byproduct of the normal breakdown of red blood cells.
A Bili Meter Sensor is used to measure the irradiance of the Bili lights and the Bili bed; the lights are measured twice a day to make sure the range of the irradiance meets safety standards.