Legion Poppy campaign funds used to help equip LMH

Blanket warmer and patient lift donated to hospital's critical care and extended care units, respectively

The Langley branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has donated $13,000 from the proceeds of their annual poppy campaign to purchase two vital pieces of equipment for Langley Memorial Hospital; a blanket warmer for the Critical Care Unit (valued at $7,500) and a sit-to-stand patient lift for Extended Care (valued at $5,500).

Being admitted to a medical facility can be stressful.

Not only are patients often faced with the uncertainty of their health and well-being, they’re also forced to spend time away from the comfort of their home.

To help make their treatment and recuperation as comfortable and relaxed as possible, heated blankets and linens are provided to ease stress and provide necessary medical care.

Heated blankets and linens are used in numerous applications throughout the hospital and blanket warmers are found on almost every patient unit — from emergency, delivery or recovery rooms to critical care units and residential care facilities.

Medical blanket warmers are a necessary tool for increasing a patient’s body temperature and decreasing blood loss.

They can also result in fewer surgical site infections and shorter stays. Mobile Sit-to-Stand patient lifts are used in a variety of units throughout the hospital and are specially designed for people who have difficulty in standing up on their own from a seated position. They can be easily moved between locations, rooms and users.

Mobile lifts are a necessary and highly-used piece of equipment for  residential care facilities where patients require a varying degree of mobility assistance to carry out their daily routine. Lifts can be adapted for each raising or lifting operation to the capabilities of the individual patient and can be adjusted to accommodate patients of most sizes.

Components, such as padding, can be added for those who are sensitive to underarm or leg pressure.  They are a cost-effective solution where it is not possible to install a ceiling lift system.

Each November, poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of more than half of Canada’s population.

The poppy campaign inspires Canadians to remember.

Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, the Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign. Canadians have donated money to support the services they provide and to acknowledged the debt owed to Canadians who gave their lives in battle.

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