The Rapid Relief Team is pleased to announce the donation of 15 Pulse Oximeters, valued at $19,500, to the Te Kotuku maternity unit in Whangārei. This generous contribution was warmly welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Pulse oximetry is a simple, painless test that measures the oxygen level in the blood. It is an essential tool in identifying potential heart issues early on in a babies life. This non-invasive screening can lead to timely intervention and significantly improve newborn outcomes.

"Before we implemented Pulse Oximetry screening in Northland, we wanted to ensure that every baby born in our region had access to this service. The Rapid Relief Team's donation means we can provide this crucial equipment across all our services in Whangarei, Bay of Islands, Kaitaia, and the community. We are extremely grateful."

Sue Bree

Director of Midwifery and Service Manager

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of congenital malformations and the leading cause of infant mortality due to congenital disabilities. However, most congenital cardiac anomalies can be addressed with surgery if diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.

“We were looking for specific ways to support the public health sector and make a tangible difference,” said Danny Blampied, Director of the Rapid Relief Team NZ. “We trust this latest investment will help new babies born in Northland get the best start in life possible.”

Implementing universal screening for all newborns will likely achieve the most significant benefits and the most equitable outcomes for Northland babies.

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