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Dr Isaac Hohaia, left; Peter Mortimer, third from left; Simon McDonald (behind the Optiflow Thrive Machine); and Alison Murray, second from right; with the Kingaroy Hospital theatre team
(Photo: Kingaroy Hospital Auxiliary)

September 9, 2019

Kingaroy Hospital Auxiliary members had the opportunity on Friday to view the new Optiflow Thrive Machine for anaesthetics which they helped to purchase,

Auxiliary president Alison Murray said the $4200 machine was bought from funds raised by the auxiliary from running Kingaroy Hospital’s canteen, as well as a generous donation from Taabinga Rotary Club from their annual Bookarama.

“Kingaroy Hospital Auxiliary also recently donated four TVs to Kingaroy Hospital for patient use,” Auxiliary treasurer Peter Mortimer said.

“And the Auxiliary will be funding further equipment on order for the hospital.”

Dr Isaac Hohaia and Mr Simon McDonald, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, said the Optiflow Thrive Machine was “a game changer”, enabling Kingaroy anaesthetic staff to deliver high-flow oxygen during anaesthetics.

Use of the high flow oxygen machine improves patient safety, facilitates rapid recovery from anaesthetics and assists with patient care during both the theatre and recovery phase.

“Kingaroy Hospital is very fortunate to have the Optiflow Thrive Machine – very few rural hospitals have such equipment for anaesthetic procedures,” Mr McDonald said.

“The machine is gentle on patients and helps them recover faster after surgery.”
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