"This funding has made it possible for us to have a fully equipped negative-pressure room with all the necessary equipment to manage the care of respirology patients"
When a patient experiences breathing difficulties, time is of the essence. That’s why bronchoscopy is such an important procedure. A tiny camera and light on the end of a flexible tube are fed down the patient’s nose or mouth, enabling the respirology team to see inside of the airway and lungs.
Funding from The Foundation has enabled enhancements to bronchoscopy services at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, which benefits both patients and staff.
“This funding has made it possible for us to have a fully equipped negative-pressure room with all the necessary equipment to manage the care of respirology patients,” says Tracey Corner, Clinical Manager of Endoscopy and GI Investigations. “It has also provided us with new, state-of-the-art scope cabinets to ensure our delicate scopes are being handled and hung appropriately to avoid the need for repairs.”
Having these specialized facilities has helped the respirology team reduce wait times for bronchoscopy to 12 hours or less.
“This has been particularly important for acute patients admitted with lung injury and respiratory failure due to infection/pneumonia or lung injury from cancer-related treatments or the cancer itself,” says Dr. MyLinh Duong, Head of Respirology Service. “Funding from The Foundation has made a huge impact on the efficiency of our department and the timely care we’re able to provide our patients.”