In 2013, the Elinor & T.W. Miller, Jr. Foundation helped Orlando Health obtain lifesaving equipment.
In 2013, the Miller Foundation gave a grant to the Orlando Health Foundation that provided new equipment for their trauma center and Air Care Team.
When seconds count, life-saving equipment can mean the difference between life and death.
Part of the grant allowed Orlando Health to purchase two video laryngoscopes for the Air Care Team.
When the Air Care Team arrives on the scene of a serious injury, restoring a patient’s airway is one of the first and most critical steps they take.
Many trauma patients have complex injuries that make restoring airways in a conventional method very difficult to do and can even risk further injury.
Thanks to the built-in camera and screen on the video laryngoscopes, medical professionals can examine and restore a patient’s airway quickly and safely. The video laryngoscopes ensure that trauma patients treated by Orlando Health’s Air Care team receive the best possible care.
The second portion of the 2013 grant purchased a portable C-arm, which is a live-motion x-ray that aids doctors in repositioning broken bones. When dealing with broken or dislocated bones, physicians typically order an x-ray, “reduce” or reposition the bone by feel, and then order a second x-ray to confirm its properly positioned.
A C-arm, on the other hand, is used directly at a patients bedside and allows doctors to see bones in real time as they manipulate them. This lessens treatment time and ensures a better long-term outcome for the patient.
In September 2015, the Miller Foundation gave a second grant to the Orlando Health Foundation to assist with the purchase of a new point-of-care ultrasound machine.
Point-of-care ultrasounds are portable, durable pieces of equipment that are often used to make critical diagnosis in emergency situations.
The new ultrasound is all touch-screen and has higher image quality, on-board education, built in WiFi, and an improved interface with the hospital’s health records.
A point-of-care ultrasound’s real-time video helps physicians make quick, accurate diagnoses for critically injured patients, often saving lives.