ICU Tax Appeal

Help patients like Patrick pull through

Six months ago, Patrick, collapsed suddenly as he stepped off the treadmill, hit his head on the machine and lay unconscious on the floor. Patrick had suffered a major cardiac arrest.

Patrick is one of 1600 patients who come through The St Vincent’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) each year.

By making it to the ICU, Patrick joined a small minority of cardiac arrest patients. Only 5 per cent survive long enough to get to ICU, only half are still alive 24 hours later. In addition, very few patients leave the hospital with the same neurological capability as before. Survival is slim, not because the heart has been damaged, but because of irreversible damage to the brain.

A special therapeutic hypothermia helped protect Patrick’s brain while he recovered. Studies have shown that lowering brain temperature in comatose survivors of cardiac arrests could lead to better neurological outcomes.

St Vincent’s is aiming to raise $50,000 to purchase an Artic Sun Temperature Management system – like the one used on Patrick – before the end of the financial year.

This piece of equipment is life saving and in high demand and is purpose-built for patients within six hours of their cardiac arrest to help give them the best chance to recover.

"Time is of the essence - for a patient to benefit from this potentially life-saving procedure, cooling must begin within six hours of the cardiac arrest,"

says Philippe Thomas, Nursing Unit Manager at St Vincent’s ICU.

One in six patients survive with the benefits of therapeutic hypothermia. It’s an incredible outcome and one that we want to continue achieving.

Join our campaign to help patients like Patrick, with a tax time donation. A life-saving gift from you today will ensure that St Vincent’s can continue to offer the best care to our patients by using the latest technology.

Patrick’s wife Maria said, "I believed in my heart that Patrick would survive. I can’t thank the staff enough for their persistence and dedication. They were just marvellous."

We’ve set a clear target to raise $50,000 to fund this vital piece of technology for the ICU so other cardiac patients can benefit too. St Vincent’s End of Financial Year Appeal is centred on ensuring we can continue to provide the best technology and latest equipment for our high needs patients. 

You can contribute to the care we provide and also claim the tax dedication for your donation in this financial year if you give before 30 June.

Although Patrick recalls little about his near-death experience, he feels very grateful about the treatment he received at St Vincent’s Hospital. "If it wasn’t for this machine and the staff’s dedication, I wouldn’t be here now."

Donate now or contact Foundation on 03 9231 3365.


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