In 2023, through the generous donations to the Annual Patron Drive, the Irene Dunne Guild funded the following programs and equipment:
Massages for Caregivers: Saint John's Health Center ($33,600): Surveys show that burnout is common for hospital staff members. The IDG program provides massages to caregivers on a monthly basis, with the goal to addresses burnout among hospital staff.
Acute Care: Diagnostic Radiology Department ($10,000): Every year, 500 patients leave Saint John's with a PICC line, to be used for home intravenous infusions, and they need to know how to keep the line dry when taking a shower. Patient kits will provide a brochure with care instructions, shower covers, Curos caps and fabric arm sleeves.
Brain Health Boosters for Healthy Aging, Virtual Fit-Brain: Pacific Neuroscience Institute ($10,000): "Brain Health Boosters” is a 90min presentation. It includes cognitive training exercises for healthy aging of the brain. The presentation is intended for senior centers and other similar organizations such as the Wallis Annenberg GenSpace. "Virtual Fit-Brain" is gaming software designed to improve cognitive functioning. IDG will provide $5,000 in funding to each.
RQI Station for ASC Port "Body in a Box": Clinical Education Department ($3,424): The RQI Station device assists in real time feedback and adaptive learning. For $2,500, students are provided feedback through a laptop. Body in a Box is a low cost ($924) compact training model for the teaching of IVAD.
Bladder Scanners (2) OR and PACU: Prepoerative Services ($22,474): Scanners are an integral part of medical practice. They reduce the need for urinary catheters in preventing post-urinary retention.
AccuVein: Preoperative Services ($6,505): "AccuVein" assists nurses to find veins in patients with difficult veins who need IV's placed or blood drawn. Decreases the number of sticks for the patient.
Accuvein AV500: Oncology & Caritas Suites ($6,505): This device digitally displays a visual map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin in real time, allowing clinicians to verify vein patency and avoid valves or bifurcations.
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