Thank you for helping to keep our heroes safe!
Because of you, more hospital staff can now be fitted with the correct face masks to wear when caring for patients with suspected airborne diseases or respiratory infections, like COVID-19.
Your generous support of the Flinders Heroes campaign has purchased a new PortaCount FiT Testing Machine that determines which disposable respirator mask seal is correct for each health care worker’s individual face shape.
Masks come in a variety of shapes and sizes and it’s vital that staff are wearing a correctly fitted N95 mask. That’s why this new equipment is such an important and valuable addition for staff working across Flinders Medical Centre, Noarlunga Hospital, the Repat Health Precinct and in the community.
Nursing Director of Clinical Work, Health and Safety & Infection Control, Jane Parker, oversees the FiT testing for staff working across the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, and said the additional FiT Testing Machine would ensure the safety of more staff working in high-risk areas.
“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, stock levels of the masks usually used by staff are becoming low and SALHN has had to source alternative masks, therefore all staff in high-risk areas need to be re-fitted with the alternative masks,” Jane explained.
“Prior to COVID-19, our Clinical Work, Health and Safety team carried out an average of 50-60 FIT tests per month. Now they are completing 60-70 tests per day.
“The new PortaCount machine is much faster and can perform a re-fit within 5-10 minutes whereas the existing machines can take up to 20-30 minutes – so this extra machine will be so helpful.”
This is just one example of how Flinders Foundation, the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and the community are working together to prevent, cure and care.
The new machine will also be portable, so FiT testing staff can visit staff in wards and units across its different locations and staff won’t have to use up valuable time to leave their area for the testing process.
Importantly, the machine will also be helpful long after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
“All new and existing staff still need to be re-fitted regularly, particularly if they have lost or gained weight, so it will be useful for a long, long time,” Jane said.
Thank you for generously supporting the Flinders Heroes campaign to support the healthcare workers on the frontline working tirelessly to keep our community safe.
Riding For My Research
When Flinders University cancer researcher Dr Ashley Hopkins jumped on his bike to join the 2019 SA Discovery Tour, he was overwhelmed by the support those riding alongside him gave to his research.
Targeted Treatments for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Thanks to generous funding from Tour de Cure, riders and supporters in 2019, an international research project is hoping to uncover the ‘magic bullet’ for treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer – one of the most aggressive and fatal forms of breast cancer.
32 new health and medical research projects… thanks to you!
At a time when the focus on health and medical research has never been greater, 32 exciting new projects across the Flinders medical precinct have received funding in Flinders Foundation’s annual Health Seed Grant Round.
Rachel’s dream is to improve therapies to treat, and ultimately cure, multiple myeloma.
“Multiple myeloma is incurable, that’s something we’d obviously like to change.”
Protein discovery paves way for new multiple myeloma treatments
Multiple myeloma patients with the poorest prognosis are set to benefit from promising new research
Promising blood test to detect head and neck cancer
Researchers at Flinders University hope their promising blood test model could help to diagnose a common form of head and neck cancer, in the same way diagnostic tests are available for other cancer types.
Heart Pillows for Heart Patients – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health –
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients undergoing heart surgery at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) are being gifted ‘heart pillows’
Introducing Brett Stringer – Brain Cancer Research Fellowship
Dr Brett Stringer has been appointed to a new three-year Brain Cancer Research Fellowship at Flinders University, funded by Flinders Foundation.
Thyroid research under the microscope
Flinders University medical student Lauren Rask-Nielsen has received a research scholarship to take a closer look at the diagnosis of thyroid nodules which can, in some instances, be cancerous.
Flinders’ COVID-19 patients key to beating virus
As the world waits with bated breath for a vaccine to fight COVID-19, 30 former COVID-19 positive patients have gifted their blood to Flinders researchers in a bid to find ‘super-antibodies’ to use as a weapon to beat the virus.