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Hospital auxiliary awards $45,000 for new equipment

The Ketchikan Medical Center Auxiliary recently awarded $45,000 for new equipment at the hospital, including $26,000 for a single item.

The Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter is an intravenous method used for patients with difficult IV access or who require long-term IV antibiotic or drug therapy.

The portable unit will be used throughout the hospital as well as in the Transitional Care Unit.

The auxiliary operates the Ketchikan Medical Center gift shop, which is staffed by volunteers. Profits from the gift shop are used each year to help purchase equipment at the hospital.

The items approved for purchase this year are:

  • $26,000 for a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter
  •  $5000 for Education Materials for Surgery, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine and Women’s Health,
  • $2800 for an Enhanced Standing Aid for the Transitional Care Unit,
  •  $1800 for an Adult Platform Walker in ICU,
  • $2000 for a Temporal Thermometer for Home Health,
  • $5700 for a Bilirubin Meter for Pediatrics, and
  • $2550 for a machine to monitor blood coagulation levels in Primary Care
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