Donations
at Work

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How Your Donations Are Used

Your Donations at Work

Your gifts save lives. They buy specialized equipment used at the Janeway each day to make children better, they make life-saving research possible, and they provide continuing education to our amazing healthcare heroes to ensure they are up-to-date on the most recent advancements in care.
Thank you!

Here are examples of the impact of some of the equipment that your generous donations purchased in recent months.

Equipment 

Surgical equipment
Pediatric surgery is a unique specialty and requires specialized tools, such as those purchased in recent months and listed below.

  • An 8 Plate Guided Growth System is used in situations where a child’s bone growth has been affected by cancer, infection, injury, or other conditions. It offers a minimally invasive implant solution that helps correct the problem. Until now, the Janeway brought in this equipment from out of province at a high cost each time it’s needed. Children can often get back to normal activities within two to three weeks of receiving this life-changing surgery!
  • A Mobile C-Arm Image Intensifier is used in the operating room to convert x-rays into real-time images for better viewing by the surgical team. It can be maneuvered easily around the child to get the best high-quality image view and is invaluable during surgeries. Until now, the OR borrowed the C-arm from the Janeway Emergency department. With increasing pressures on all our health care environments, the Janeway OR needed a new C-arm of its own.

Respiratory equipment
Respiratory equipment and care are essential components of modern medical practice. They play a critical role in saving lives, improving patient outcomes, and enhancing the quality of life for children with respiratory conditions.

Whether it’s in the intensive care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, or critical care settings, respiratory therapists spend their days, and many sleepless nights, making sure children have the tools they need to help them breathe.

  • Specialized ventilators – medical devices designed to assist kids who are unable to breathe on their own or require additional respiratory support. Ventilators deliver controlled amounts of air into the lungs and help remove carbon dioxide from the body, providing life-sustaining assistance to patients in need.
  • Pulmonary function machine – a valuable tool that plays a critical role to assist the medical team to effectively manage, guide, and provide personalized treatment for each patient.

Diagnostic imaging equipment
A child cannot always be taken to the Diagnostic Imaging Department for a vital x-ray – but thanks to you, the Janeway diagnostic team can bring the x-ray machine to them.

  • Digital portable x-ray machine – a mobile x-ray machine essential in the care of children of all ages and sizes who cannot always be moved from their beds, the emergency department, or the operating room.

Vision care
If a child’s sight or senses are not working as they should, they can’t interact effectively with the world around them. The eye specialists at the Janeway care for so many of our children; from premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to children who have suffered a traumatic eye injury or those affected by certain medical conditions.

  • Visual acuity system, a phoropter and a slit lamp – used to detect vision problems early and make sure that kids can see, learn, play, and get better!

Education

NRP is the standard of practice for the resuscitation of newborns internationally. ACoRN is the recommended Canadian program for post resuscitation care of the unwell and at-risk newborn.

Each year your gifts fund countless learning opportunities for the Janeway’s health care providers. Below is one example of the impact of your generosity on children’s health in our province.

Susan White is the Provincial Perinatal Educator – Neonatal, caring for our smallest, most vulnerable babies. Continuing education plays a significant role in her work as it allows her to stay on top of current best practice recommendations, evidence, and research so that our babies and families at the Janeway get the best care possible.

Because of your support, Susan represented the Janeway at meetings of the National Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee, the National Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) Steering Committee, and the ACoRN Education Subcommittee.

These national meetings allow for new learning, support of current and upcoming clinical practice recommendations, and best practice sharing with other Canadian leaders.

Maintaining this significant level of expertise allows Susan to provide the necessary education across Newfoundland and Labrador as the provincial consultant, and to develop policy and practice guidelines based on best evidence and current practice recommendations.

 

Research

The Janeway Pediatric Research Unit (JPRU) researchers are focused on our kids – on the issues that impact children in our province and on the local implications of global pediatric health challenges.

The faculty and clinicians within the JPRU conduct both clinical and applied health research in areas such as genetic eye diseases, mental health and addictions, cardiology, eating disorders, infectious diseases, oncology, diabetes, rare genetic disorders, pediatric intensive care, autism, neurology, infant nutrition and breastfeeding, arthritis, and more.

Your gifts help fund the research that happens each year at the JPRU.

A new research study by the JPRU, funded with a grant provided last year, will focus on sleep intervention for children (ages 3 – 12 years) living in alternative care. Sleep is vital to optimal child health and development. Among children in alternate care (such as kinship care, nonrelative foster care, and group homes) difficulties sleeping is one of the most common consequences of early trauma, leading to nightmares, night sweats, insomnia, and other sleep disturbances.

Statistics from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador show the number of children placed into alternate care is increasing, and that the province has one of the highest rates of children in out-of-home care in Canada.

In 2022 a “Call to Action” was published, to draw attention to the sleep health of children residing in alternative care settings, stating the need for more evidence to address major knowledge gaps regarding sleep health-promoting practices and policies supporting children residing in alternative care settings.

Currently, few studies are available to guide practitioners and policymakers in promoting sleep health among children in alternate care. This research will generate an evidence-based regulation strategy as well as a caregiver education program to outline pediatric sleep needs, good sleep hygiene, behavioral strategies to set the stage for healthy sleep, creating a healthy sleep environment, the role of technology and healthy limits, healthy bedtime routines, positive parenting, modeling healthy family-sleep culture, and emotional regulation strategies.

Healthy sleep patterns are critical for trauma recovery and better child health. This research will make children healthier and your gifts have made that possible.