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The Project: Purchasing a new Phototherapy Bilisoft Light

The provincial government doesn’t fund everything that WDMH needs to care for our patients, most importantly, medical equipment purchases. That’s where the WDMH Foundation comes in – to work with donors to help fill that funding gap.

One of WDMH’s highest priority medical equipment needs is a Phototherapy Bilisoft LED (light emitting diode) for our obstetrics department.

Newborn babies often develop jaundice - a condition where a baby’s liver is not able to properly break down the amount of bilirubin (a yellow pigment produced during the normal breakdown of red blood cells) in the baby’s bloodstream. The equipment needed to treat this is a Phototherapy Bilisoft Light. Babies with jaundice require this treatment, due to the risks involved with the condition. Without treatment, they can become quite sick, and may experience life-changing effects – including affecting the baby’s brain cells. Although rare, a jaundiced baby may develop seizures, which may also lead to deafness, cerebral palsy, or developmental delays. Fortunately, these serious effects can usually be prevented – primarily with the use of a phototherapy light. The baby is exposed to the light, which helps to break down the bilirubin in the baby’s body.

Currently, WDMH has one of these lights – but having a second one will mean the treatment is available to more families. There are times when babies need to wait to receive treatment because the light is already being used on another baby. It will assist WDMH staff in their ability to offer high-quality care to two of our littlest patients – close to home. There is also the possibility that a baby would need to be transferred to another hospital to receive treatment if the light is not available within a desired amount of time. This would mean more time and money spent by the parents because of the increased travel to another hospital.

The best thing about this particular light is that it allows the baby to be held and fed while receiving the treatment – continuing the benefit of skin-to-skin contact, and promoting a healing environment for the baby.


What is the estimated cost of this project?:

The approximate cost of the monitor is $11,127. We hope the Women Who Care about South Dundas will consider a gift of $10,000 to our general equipment fund in support of purchases like a new phototherapy bilisoft light for our littlest patients.

What is the estimated date of completion if this group receives the donation?:

Once 100% of the funds are raised, the monitor would be purchased within a few weeks.

How will completion of this project directly benefit the residents of South Dundas?:

In the past five years, 337 babies from South Dundas have been born at WDMH, with an additional 3422 babies from the surrounding area. During 2018, 71 babies required the use of the light to treat their jaundice.

Having a second light available would help give staff peace of mind, reducing the necessity for them to choose which baby requires the care more at the time – which can be a very tough decision for staff to make. It will also help to keep our patients safe and close to home. Without this purchase, we may have to separate our babies from their mothers and fathers in order for them to receive treatment.

What do you know about this organization that you wish everyone knew?:

Our obstetrics department has a stellar reputation. Patient satisfaction surveys continue to rank this service higher than the provincial average, and they would recommend the department to their families. Our donors play a huge role in these results, as it is only because of them that we have the medical equipment needed to care for moms and our tiniest patients.

The provincial government doesn’t fund everything that WDMH needs to care for our patients, most importantly, medical equipment purchases. That’s why we need the help of the 100 Women Who Care.