Update: the 2016 campaign brought in $804,000!
Teddy for a Toonie has raised approximately $8.4 million over the years. That's a lot of teddy bears! The 2016 edition runs May 1–31 at all ATB branches and agencies across the province.
Here is what the 2016 campaign will support:
This equipment will help save the lives of children who are in critical condition at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.
- Extracorporeal Life Support is used when the heart and/or lungs of critically ill children cannot provide their bodies with enough oxygenated blood, and all other efforts have failed. This equipment bypasses the heart and lungs and a machine oxygenates the blood and pumps it through the body.
- Cardio-respiratory monitors are used to monitor the vital signs of children struggling to breathe. These monitors help predict and prevent respiratory failure.
- The KidSIM simulation program allows medical teams to take part in simulations of potentially lethal emergency situations. Scenarios include: spinal cord injuries, sepsis, asthma, heart defects, or general trauma.
Medication administration equipment
The Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton records more than 9,000 inpatient stays each year. Almost all require medication administration. This new equipment is safer and will decrease human effort and error. It utilizes smart technology, and has an on-board drug library that ensures all dosages, calculations, and tracking are correct. The equipment includes:
- Syringe pumps to deliver fluid, medications, and blood to patients.
- Syringe module units for programming and monitoring.
- Automated medication dispensers to support automatic medication management and tracking.