Nov. 26, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new modular surgical table system offering improved imaging capabilities and safer positioning for orthopedic trauma patients is now available at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Health Minister Mary Schryer announced today. The Department of Health invested $216,000 toward the purchase of the equipment.
"We are pleased to invest in this new equipment, which will provide added safety features as well as increased imaging capabilities for major trauma and spinal surgery," said Schryer. "This new equipment will decrease operating time, thus improving accessibility while reducing wait times for surgeries."
With the improved imaging and positioning, the modular surgical table will support decreased post-operative complications, increase access to patients by anesthesiologists, and may lessen bleeding and nerve damage.
The equipment replaces an older operating table that is becoming obsolete. The new table will be used to help perform surgeries on more than 130 patients each year.
"The purchase of a modular surgical table system for the Fredericton area is exciting news for many," said Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Health Network. "Horizon Health Network is pleased with the Government of New Brunswick's decision to invest in this modular table system. Our surgical program staff and orthopedic surgeons are happy to see this equipment being added to their program. The benefits of this new table will improve the lives of many patients."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536; Carol Rankin, communications, Horizon Health Network, 506-443-2603.