We urgently need the following emergency medical equipment:
USD $360 Laryngoscopes: For quick lifesaving intubations for soldiers
USD $7,500 ER Transport Stretcher: Outstanding mobility, quality and comfort for the transfer of soldiers from place to place
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rabin Medical Center is the largest and most advanced facility of its kind in Israel. The professional capabilities, high technological level and full commitment to saving lives places it at the forefront of cardiothoracic medicine in Israel.
Serving as a national referr "The Institute for Cardiovascular Research and Robotics Technology" at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. Its team of outstanding surgeons are all eminent experts in their field, many having undergone specialized training at some of the most outstanding medical centers in the United States and Europe.
Affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine - Tel Aviv University, the Department is very active in all facets of student teaching. Furthermore, its staff is very involved in many important research projects.
Almost 1400 adult heart and thoracic operations are performed every year, numbers that compare very favorably with the foremost heart centers in the USA. The Department offers international standards of service and care with advanced hospitalization facilities for complete expert postoperative medical and nursing care, and state-of-the art Intensive Care for around the clock monitoring and supervision of critically ill patients.
The highly experienced staff performs all of the common operations on the heart, lungs, chest and major blood vessels, many of them complex and newer procedures. These include:
The department is comprised of specialized units, including:
The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rabin Medical Center (RMC) is the largest facility for heart surgery in Israel performing about 1500 open-heart procedures annually, which is over 20% of the heart operations in the country. The highly experienced staff performs all of the common operations on the heart, lungs, chest and major blood vessels, such as coronary bypass, heart valve replacement and aortic aneurysm surgery, as well as more complex and newer procedures such as heart, lung and heart-lung transplantation, thoracic surgery, mitral valve repair, and more.
Following cardiothoracic surgery, all patients are hospitalized in the Department's 12-bed Intensive Care Unit for close surveillance and quick medical life-saving intervention. Length of this close post-operative surveillance is dependent on the type of surgical intervention, patient's initial condition, and complications that may have developed.
During hospitalization in the ICU patients must undergo various examinations, often performed as emergency procedures due to sudden change in their medical condition. These tests must be performed while they are in their hospital bed as they are hooked-up to various monitoring and life-supporting machines. The necessary equipment must be available at all times, as time is of an essence.
Echocardiography uses ultrasound waves to create images of the heart. The images created show the size and shape of the heart and movement of its valves. Echocardiography is currently the most important non-invasive diagnostic tool in cardiovascular diseases and cardiac-related emergencies, enabling non-invasive assessment of anatomy, function, hemodynamics and blood flow.
The advantages of this important diagnostic equipment are manifold: It is non-invasive and performed without the use of radioactive materials. It is portable, used by the patient's bed while in intensive care to examine his heart during hemodynamic decline or shock. Furthermore, the advanced properties of new-generation echocardiography systems enable seeing inside the heart in greater detail and more clearly, all in a shortened examination time.
Echocardiography is the most fundamental non-invasive tool in coronary medicine today. It is vital that we purchase a new VIVID I Portable Echocardiograph System, manufactured by GE, for the ICU of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Constant availability of this vital piece of equipment will help us in our fight to save lives.
Cost of the Portable Echocardiography System: $30,000
Purchase of Portable Echocardiograph System: $90,000
For further information, please contact American Friends of Rabin Medical Center at (212) 279-2522 or via e-mail
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