£25k equipment to support Neonatal babies

A hundred of the most extremely premature and extremely low weight babies a year will now benefit from a new piece of Neonatal equipment. UHNM Charity has agreed to fund a £25,000 Video Laryngoscope, which is used to intubate babies being cared for on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). There were 92 babies in 2017 that needed to be intubated, where a tube is inserted, which can often be a difficult procedure on extremely premature and extremely low weight babies.

Lynn Keilty-Woolcock, Matron, said: “Very often it can be difficult to intubate these babies as they have anterior cords. The Video Laryngoscope allows the operator to view the vocal cords of a baby while intubating. This will be especially useful for trainees when learning and for senior neonatologists caring for babies with a very difficult airway. Better trained clinicians will be able to perform intubations more skilfully, resulting in less trauma to the baby.

“It will also reduce the number of attempts needed to intubate and ultimately improve care. This is important because it is an invasive procedure and multiple attempts can destabilise these babies. As you can imagine, it’s also very traumatic for their parents to see this being performed. We’re delighted that the Charity and its supporters have been able to purchase this equipment.”

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is very well supported. Father Anthony Perrins is currently half way through his incredible challenge to run ten 10ks for UHNM Charity. At the weekend he ran his fifth race at Trentham Gardens. Anthony is raising funds as a way of thanking all of the staff who cared for his son Oliver Charlie, who was born at just 29 weeks weighing just 2lb 13 ounces. Oliver went home after 81 days spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Adela Appleby, Head of UHNM Charity, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to support the fantastic staff on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Seeing equipment like this being purchased is the perfect legacy for all those who have fundraised for NICU. It’s important that staff, patients, supporters and the public see not only the incredible efforts of the fundraisers, but also the real difference they make to the care of these very vulnerable babies.”

If you have been inspired by this story and want to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.

Every year more than one million seriously ill children and adults are cared for by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. UHNM Charity makes things better for patients, their families and the staff who care for them, by funding state of the art equipment, new facilities, innovative research and all the important extras that make care so special.

(Pictured: NICU sister caring for a baby in Intensive Care)