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Your new born child is sick and clinging to live in the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They have to get a needle for a test – however finding a vein is almost impossible on a child so fragile. Now thanks to your support in the 2016 Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day, things are different.

Needle pokes are a necessary step in obtaining samples in the NICU.  However the use of a bed-side/movable ultrasound machine allows our medical team to see what is underneath the skin and increase the chances of needing only one poke to get what the test requires.  Additionally, ultrasound is rapidly proving more and more reliable in telling what we need to know about the condition of the baby’s lungs without having to do x-rays.

“As we continue to train our team in the use of ultrasound, it has become a tool that is used on a daily basis”, states Dr. Micheal Narvey, Medical Head, NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital. “Avoiding the use of radiation by replacing x-rays with ultrasound is good for the babies under our care since many of them would get dozens of x-rays during their stay with us.  It is a safe and reliable tool that is helping to take some of the guess work out of the procedures we do and improved accuracy is good for everyone.”

In 2017, the Children’s Hospital desperately requires a Neuromicroscope. This machine will remove brain tumours, help epilepsy patients and allow our specialists to see at greater magnification. Come be apart of making a life saving difference at your Children’s Hospital. Visit your local Dairy Queen store on Thursday, August 10th.