The Women & Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) are the research group based out of the Special Care Baby Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Despite receiving government funding for critical medical research, the Foundation’s charter does not allow for purchases of equipment deemed non-essential. The JET Ventilator is one such piece of equipment that is considered non-essential by government. The JET Ventilator breathes small ‘angel breaths’ into the babies lungs. The improved high frequency JET ventilator offers less risk of lung damage than the traditional ventilator.
WIRF have been fundraising for this life saving piece of equipment and WA Charity Direct were pleased to fund the shortfall. This latest purchase for KEMH will increase the number of JET Ventilators to 3, which will go a long way in helping the high number of premature babies cared for in the Special Care Baby Unit.
WA Charity Direct have assisted WIRF previously with an online support service, so it was a pleasure for a few of the Trustees to revisit KEMH to have a tour and receive a brief tutorial on the life saving JET Ventilator.