Warming You from the Inside Out
February 2014 - Most Wrangellites have taken advantage of the many recreational opportunities which surround our community – fishing, hiking, skiing, boating – and have also felt the bone-chilling effects of a long day on the boat or a soaking wet trek through the back country. For the few of us who have gone beyond that uncomfortable ‘chilled’ state into the more dangerous territory of being hypothermic (and in need of medical attention) the Medical Center now has the ability to get body temperature IV fluids flowing immediately.
A fluid warmer can make a critical difference in a patient’s ability to rally back from dangerously low body temperatures (in the case of a hypothermic patient) or from shock (when a patient has been subject to trauma). “There is no longer the delay of having to set up the fluid-warming system when a patient in need of IV fluids comes into the Emergency Room,” explains nurse and volunteer Trauma Coordinator, Laura Salard, “we can just pull the bag out of the warmer and start the IV. It saves critical time when treating a person in shock or suffering from hypothermia.”
The equipment was a recent addition to the Emergency Room and was purchased with a $3,500 donation from the Hospital Auxiliary and the support of CEO Marla Sanger, Diana Nore, Acting Director of Nursing, and Trauma Director Dr. Salard. “We really appreciate the generous donation of the Auxiliary on behalf of the community,” adds Salard, “the new fluid warmer is an important part of our ongoing efforts to advance the quality of care offered at Wrangell Medical Center.”