Left: Janice Wyatt, home care nurse, demonstrates to a group of Hospital Auxiliary members a new ankle brachial index {ABI} machine. Pictured are (l-r) Gertie McKeown, Sue Ludtke, Evelyn Warner (partially hidden), Janice Wyatt, Marilyn Collison, Penny Christianson, Marj Sunderman (seated), Bonnie Harms, Diane Toma, Mary Neathway and Reita Vandenborre. Photo submitted

Auxiliary buys new machine for hospital

The ABI machine compares the blood pressure at the ankle to that in the upper arm


Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has once again helped the hospital, this time by purchasing a new ankle brachial index (ABI) machine.

This machine compares the blood pressure at the ankle to the blood pressure in the upper arm (brachium). Lower blood pressure in the leg as compared to the arm suggests blocked arteries due to peripheral artery disease – something that can increase with age.

The new machine cuts the testing time in half, making it very useful. The hospital staff reportedly greatly appreciates the new machine.

Recently, home care nurse Janice Wyatt demonstrated the new ABI machine to a group of Auxiliary members.

The Auxiliary recently announced that it had sold all the tickets in its 50/50 raffle. The raffle is one of the fundraisers that allows the Auxiliary to purchase needed equipment for the hospital.

“So now all you need to do is sit back and wait till Dec. 7 to see who wins the $5,000. Thanks Clearwater for the great support!” said an Auxiliary spokesperson.

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