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Click the sections below to see our current needs for 2021/2022:

Surgical Care: $3.465M

Equipment used in the Operating Room, as well as to support the Operating Room. Pneumatic Tourniquet Slows blood flow during limb operations, allowing surgery to be performed quicker. Fracture Table Puts the patient in an optimal position for fracture repairs. Mini C-Arm (2 units)
Takes x-ray images during surgeries and in clinics. Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Navigation System
Uses 3D imaging to orient the surgeon during minimally invasive surgeries. Operating Room Microscope
Provides a dramatically magnified view for precise and delicate procedures. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Instruments
Sets of standard instruments needed for minimally invasive surgery – where surgeons use small incisions to operate instead of a large opening. Sterile Processing Department (SPD) Equipment
Cleans and sterilizes equipment used for medical procedures across the community. Operating Room Integration System
Computer hardware and software that connects surgical tools to live 4K monitors, and provides access to patient records and results.

Hospital Wide: $3.096M

Equipment for all medical units across the hospital. Stress Testing Equipment Measures the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled environment. Annual Bed Replacement Program (10 units) Specialized beds for inpatient units. Patient Lift and Transfer Equipment (12 units)
Helps caregivers safely support patients with limited mobility. Patient Monitoring System (48 units)
Devices and smart alarms that identify and alert caregivers to critical events. Medication Dispensing Cabinets (11 units)
Computerized cabinets that safely and securely store, track and dispense medications near the point of care (eg. on inpatient or outpatient units). ADDITIONAL BUDGETED: Physician Recruitment
Used to purchase specialized equipment for newly recruited physicians. Emergency Capital
Used to purchase equipment that urgently needs to be replaced. Often used in cases where equipment is unexpectedly unusable and unrepairable.

Medical Imaging: $2.562M

Equipment used to take pictures of the inside of the body and its systems, aiding with diagnosis and treatment planning. Electrocardiogram (ECG) / Holter Interface (Software) Interface required to transfer data from new ECG units to the medical record. Radiologist Workstation (4 units)
Super high resolution monitors used to view and report on medical imaging. Ultrasound (2 units)
Uses high frequency sound waves to create images of internal structures. Echocardiography Unit
Uses 2-D, 3-D, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart. Gamma Camera
Detects the presence of radioactive tracers injected into the body – used to evaluate the function of various organ systems. Enterprise Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS)
Assists with storage, retrieval, presentation and sharing of medical images. Mammography Unit
Uses low-dose radiation to produce high-quality images of the breast. FUTURE - 2022/23: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Uses strong magnetic fields and computer generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues of the body. (Not included in total)

Critical Care: $503K

Equipment used in the Emergency Department and in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Slit Lamp Used daily in the Emergency Department to assess eye injuries or disease. Point-of-Care Ultrasound Machine Assists with IV/line placement in ICU patients, and helps assess cardiac function. ICU Dialysis Unit
Provides a specialized form of dialysis to unstable patients in the ICU. ICU and NICU Ventilators (5 units)
Mechanically pumps oxygen into the body, assisting the lungs. MRI Compatible Ventilator
A specialized ventilator with no metal/magnetic components for patients who need breathing support while getting magnetic imaging.

Laboratory: $496K

Equipment used to process medical samples (blood, tissue, etc.), aiding in diagnosis and treatment planning. Cryostat Processes tissue samples at very low temperatures, primarily for surgical patients. Microtome (2 units) Cuts extremely thin slices of tissue (as thin as one cell). Tissue Processor
Automates the processing of tissue samples/specimens. Integrated Urinalysis/Microscopy Instrument
Performs testing on patient urine specimens to diagnose and monitor illness. Automated Slide Stainer with Integrated Cover Slip
Uses efficient robotics to prepare slides that can be viewed under a microscope.

Women and Children's Health: $85K

Equipment used to care for pregnant patients, infants and children. Includes the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Portable Fetal Telemetry Wearable sensors that gauge the response of a baby’s heartbeat to contractions. Birthing Bed Specialized bed for labour and delivery unit. Cardiac Monitors (2 units)
Monitors the vital signs of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Renal: $56K

Equipment used to care for the kidneys. Medication Fridge Stores medication at a consistent temperature to prevent spoilage. Hemodialysis Treatment Chair (6 units) Specialized chairs used by patients during dialysis treatment.

Allied Health: $40K

Equipment used in preventative, supportive or rehabilitative care. Physiotherapy – Recumbent Stepper Low impact exercise machine used for patient rehabilitation. Occupational Therapy – Virtual Reality Rehabilitation System
Helps patients practice and relearn routine movements by simulating daily activities. Nutrition – Metabolic Monitor for Indirect Calorimetry
Measures oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production to calculate a patients’ dietary energy needs.

Each year, Sault Area Hospital goes through a planning process to identify the most critically needed equipment for our hospital. Equipment is scored based on whether existing equipment can still be repaired, how important the equipment is to treatment, and how it will impact patient experience.

For 2021/2022, Sault Area Hospital plans to bring in over $10 million in equipment across the hospital.

The list below provides some basic information about the priority needs for Sault Area Hospital this year. If you are interested in supporting a specific piece of equipment, please contact us for more information.

Our Hospital
needs our support,
now more than ever.

Most medical equipment only lasts 7-10 years before needing to be replaced.

That means much of the equipment that was purchased when we moved into our Hospital in 2011 will need to be replaced over the next few years.

Our community purchases this equipment, through donations to Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

It’s not just equipment.

These are the tools our caregivers need to ensure you get the care you deserve.

All here, close to home.

Between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022,
we hope to purchase equipment totaling over


Teresa Martone

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