COVID-19 Response

'We stay here for you, please stay home for us.' - DGH Medical Device Reprocessing Staff

Your support of the Dartmouth General Hospital has been essential to the calibre of care we have been able to deliver to our patients and that couldn’t be more evident than at a time such as this. Thank you for your continued support of the Dartmouth General Hospital, and its staff and patients.

As we face this global pandemic, know that the Dartmouth General Hospital is working closely with our partners at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Department of Health and Wellness to ensure safe care for patients being tested or treated for COVID-19. We are also ensuring the care for all of our patients remains to the highest standard. And you can stand beside our healthcare superheroes. 

Please support our hospital during its greatest time of need by donating below. Thank you for your support.

 

We are currently raising funds to support the needs of our staff and patients facing COVID-19. Funds raised will support the following areas: 

Support of Medical Teams and Patients 

The health and safety of our staff and patients is a top priority. Funds raised will help purchase critical care equipment and personal protective equipment to elevate patient care during this pandemic. As we work to determine the needs as this situation evolves, funds raised will be dispersed to priority equipment.

Technology and Tools for Communication 

Funds raised will support the purchase of digital technologies, like tablets, that allow patients to connect with their family and friends in a safe and effective way. With visitor limitations now in effect due to recommendations by the Government of Nova Scotia for social distancing, this will be vital for maintaining communications with loved ones. We are also working towards having free Wi-Fi available in patient areas throughout the Dartmouth General to improve communications.

Innovation Solutions

Our staff pride themselves on their innovative solutions to help deliver exceptional care. We are currently working on innovative projects to assist with barriers and limitations that are occurring due to COVID-19. This includes projects like a ‘drive-through’ COVID-19 assessment area that could provide ease of access as well as social distance, and the creation of personal protective equipment such as face masks which are currently in high demand globally. 

Innovation Update:

With our front line healthcare professionals doing so much for our communities during this pandemic, and the compounding needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) in our health care system, Spring Loaded Technology, Ring Rescue, Enginuity, the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation and NSHA Research & Innovation came together to innovate and create locally sourced, locally produced, scalable and affordable solutions for the healthcare community in this time of need. To safeguard the health of our community, we were compelled to do our part in the way that we know best - through innovation and collaboration.

Bringing together the diverse capabilities of our teams has created numerous opportunities to solve some pressing challenges facing our healthcare systems in this moment of need.  Working under a not-for-profit lens, and by providing local access to these new innovations and products open-source and at-cost, we’re committed to making the greatest possible contribution to the health and safety of our community.

Several projects that are in the works include:

- Intubation and Patient Transport Hood - This will provide a barrier with negative pressure, for infection control, which may be useful for airway, oropharynx and nasopharynx procedures, transport of patients, and to assist palliative care management. 

- Scotia Face Shields - Based on the Bauer face shield design, the Spring Loaded facility has begun the production of 1000 face shields for the DGHF. Due to growing needs across the country, daily production could rapidly scale to the 10’s of thousands to establish the capability to supply these, if needed, to every healthcare professional in the Atlantic Provinces

- Cleanable P100 Respirator Filter Cover - Elastomeric respirators with cartridge-style filters are a viable form of protection, particularly in response to potential global N95 shortages. We have proposed a cleanable plastic housing that could enable these types of filters to be cleaned while remaining attached to the mask frame. This cover could ultimately reduce filter consumption.

- Halifax Gown - An improved, locally-designed protective gown with integrated hood and face shield; plus separate hood-only version available.

Note: The Scotia Shield is available for clinical use. These other innovations remain in development phases. In these unprecedented times, we want to help prepare options for severe scenarios, access limitations to standard equipment, and healthcare needs during pandemic conditions. Any use of exploratory designs, products, ideas, or equipment is at the sole discretion and responsibility of the user. Their sole purpose is for COVID-19 pandemic emergency response readiness.

To learn more about this innovation incubator visit www.springresuce.ca.

 

These unprecedented times are quickly changing, and your donations today gives our Foundation the financial flexibility to respond quickly to the Dartmouth General Hospital's emerging needs. 


Message from the Foundation President & CEO

As we deal with our new reality of self-isolation and social distancing, it’s not surprising that some of us feel worried, alone, possibly even frightened.

That’s understandable. We want to let you know that the Dartmouth General Hospital is doing everything in its power to ensure health and wellbeing for staff, patients and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As Mr. Rogers famously said: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

We know our front-line staff are going above and beyond. Please join me in thanking them for helping our families in this time of need.

Along with the cancellation of non-essential procedures; visitor limitations; and strict infection-prevention measures instituted at all health-care facilities in Nova Scotia (you can read the details and regular updates here), DGH, with support from the Foundation, is currently working on:

  • Evaluating innovative ideas such as a ‘drive-through’ COVID-19 assessment area that could provide ease of access as well as social distance

  • Fast-tracking plans with a donor for free Wi-Fi in patient areas available at the Dartmouth General, to improve communication between patients and families at this time and into the future

  • Collaborating with the service provider on waiving charges for outgoing phone calls for patients during this time now that visitors are restricted

  • And investigating technology and innovations to help in distant patient communications

Our donors, volunteers, and hospital supporters commitment has always been integral to the quality of care and the culture of compassion at the Dartmouth General Hospital, and that remains true today. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Until we are able to meet again in person, take good care and remember to wash your hands after touching surfaces, keep the 2-metre social distancing space and isolate after returning from international travel.

Sincerely,

Stephen Harding, President & CEO, DGH Foundation


Foundation Update

Due to recommendations around COVID-19, the DGH Foundation has evolved to a virtual office. We have secure online connections and we have forwarded our phones.

To connect with us, please reach out to us at 902-460-4149 or info.dghfoundation@dghfoundation.ca and let us know how you are weathering this situation.