The Elk Valley Hospital received a generous donation of a neonatal crash cart from the Alberta Elks Foundation Tabs for Tots program and the Fernie Elks Lodge. The crash cart is portable and supports the care of newborns who need help. The Elk Valley Hospital had 130 births in the past year, and an additional 50 babies who live in the Elk Valley were born in Calgary or Cranbrook. While most babies were delivered naturally and without any need for additional support, three to five per cent of newborns have suffered from a critical illness in their first three months. The portable crash cart enables a rapid and efficient response to those newborns in distress.
This is the third piece of hospital equipment that the Fernie Elks Lodge has been able to donate through the Tabs for Tots program. Tabs are collected from any drinking can and the community is encouraged to save theirs for the Fernie Elks Lodge. Clean aluminum foil and pie plates are also accepted. The aluminium tabs can be brought to the Elk Valley Hospital, IGS Drugs or to any Elks Lodge member.