Breathe Easy Programme
The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the only facility in sub-Saharan Africa currently offering a Tracheostomy and Ventilation homecare programme. Children elsewhere in South Africa are either permanently hospitalised or die prematurely.
January 2013 - December 2015
Children's Hospital Trust South Africa
This programme reduces the need for prolonged hospitalisation thus saving the health care system enormous sums of money. By facilitating home-based care of tertiary paediatric patients, the programme has managed to shift the burden of a ‘chronic disease’ (paediatric tracheostomy) from tertiary hospital-based care to the home.
Technology-dependent children and their families are ensured a better quality of life through home-based care instead of long-term hospitalisation.
Without this programme, these children would require long-term hospitalisation and high intensity nursing care. The Breathe Easy Programme can save the hospital an estimated £400,000, representing exceptional return on any investment given.
Provide medical equipment to facilitate the care of technology-dependent children at home
Activities» Provide the necessary medical equipment to assist patients to live at home.
100 children who are technology dependent being able to live at home.
More children are surviving ICU and as a result more are technology dependent. This programme enables children avoid long term hospitalization by providing the equipment and training their carers.
As a result they and their families have a happier outlook.
Longer term this represents enormous savings for the hospital and allows valuable resources to be used more effectively to help more sick children.
The risk is that we are unable to offer some children with the opportunity of having as normal a life as possible by having to remain in hospital care long term.
The Children's Hospital Trust works with a wide range of supporters and are very efficient at supplying information about how grants and donations have been spent. In this project funds will be specifically spent on the purchasing of special equipment and all expenditure will be accounted for.
Budget - Project Cost: £43,720Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £4,000 20 manual suction devices £3,600 8 electronic suction machine £28,000 4 portable ventilator £4,000 4 back up battery for ventilator £4,120 4 pulse oximeter and amubag
The project is located at the Children's Hospital Cape Town.
Children who are technology dependent and their families.
By going home the hospital will also benefit from savings made on long term hospitalization costs.
The Children’s Hospital is the only facility in sub-Saharan Africa currently offering a Tracheostomy and Ventilation homecare programme. Children elsewhere in South Africa are either permanently hospitalised or die prematurely.
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Sister Jane Boothe
Sister Jane is the person who have developed and run this innovative and inspiring programme. She is an amazing person.