CPRMC employees donate to congestive heart failure patients
There is something special about the folks that choose healthcare as their profession. And when a need was discovered, employees of Carolina Pines found yet another way to help. Members of the ICU staff at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center recently held a bake sale at the facility and donated 100% of the funds raised to purchase 36 much needed weight scales to donate to needy congestive heart failure patients.
“When the patients with congestive heart failure are admitted to the hospital, we ask if they have a scale at home,” said Lynn Hall, RN in the Cardiac Rehab Center at CPRMC. “Their doctor will require them to check their weight daily. When they begin to hold fluid their weight goes up, it’s so significant to track the fluid overload. It’s a big red flag.”
Combined with the tell-tale signs of swelling of the ankles and legs and shortness of breath, measurements of weight gain help patients with congestive heart failure work with their doctor to manage their condition. Unfortunately, many patients on fixed incomes may find the expense of these weight scales to be beyond their ability to purchase.
Autumn Collins, RN of the ICU unit said that her team was inspired to help this need because of another community event. “We are also raising money for the American Heart Association Pee Dee Heart Walk this month, and we decided that we needed to do something to give back to our hospital… so we donated the money to this project. We were happy to do it!”