The Houston Hospice Society is funding the purchase of a $20,000 bladder scanner for the Houston Health Centre.
“It’s so awesome,” said Sally Sullivan, Houston Health Centre Coordinator.
“For quality of care, the less invasive procedures that we have to have for people the better.”
Sullivan says the scanner will limit the need for catheterization, which is a more painful and invasive procedure for diagnosing bladder concerns.
Using the scanner instead of catheterization will also decrease risk of infection – particularly for elderly people who are more vulnerable.
“There has been many cases when it would have been beneficial to have [this equipment].
“It’s a much more friendly approach, with the same or better outcome.”
The idea of getting the bladder scanner for Houston was stimulated by a conversation between Sullivan and the Houston Hospice Society.
Lindsay Van Barneveld, Houston Hospice Chair, says their purpose is to support people and families with end-of-life care. They also lend equipment and give grief support.
The bladder scanner is important for those in respite or palliative care as it allows for bladder diagnosis without risk of infection, she said.
Sullivan applied for funding for the bladder scanner through the Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation.
Through the Foundation, Houston Hospice was able to directly fund the $20,000 scanner for Houston.
“The Houston Hospice Society is glad to donate for the purchase of a bladder scanner, which will provide a new service at the Houston Health Centre,” said Van Barneveld.
Sullivan says the scanner is expected in the next few months.