The Lac du Bonnet Health Centre recently received a $3,387 joint donation from the Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa Foundations for the purchase of new equipment to perform ankle brachial measurements (ABI) and toe pressures.
“This unique opportunity presented itself when (chronic disease nurse) Jamie McLean from the IERHA wrote our Foundation looking for support to purchase an ABI machine,” said Gary Rollins, President of the Lac du Bonnet Foundation. “This is something that has the ability to support both residents of Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa, so we approached the Pinawa Foundation about partnering and sharing the cost evenly.”
“We use the ABIs and toe pressures to assist with decisions regarding compression therapy and it is a useful tool in assessing the healing potential of lower leg wounds. Performing toe pressures is a more accurate and reliable test for those with diabetes or kidney disease,” said McLean.
McLean described the ABI as a non-invasive procedure to measure the arterial blood flow in the lower legs. It is more commonly known as a circulation test.
“It is used as a screening tool for diagnosing peripheral arterial disease as well as assessing severity of arterial compromise,” explained McLean.
“The Pinawa Foundation is always looking for opportunities to help with local health care needs. This opportunity was brought to us by the Lac du Bonnet Foundation and we were very please to help,” said Chris Saunders, president of the Pinawa Foundation.
McLean said having this equipment in Lac du Bonnet will provide area residents with the means, improved access, and better care closer to home.
Foundations team up for LdB Health Centre donation.
The Clipper, 7 October 2021, p.10.