In the photo are Gertie McKeown, Sue Ludtke, Evelyn Warner, Janice Wyatt, Marilyn Collison, Penny Christianson, Marj Sunderman, Bonnie Harms, Diane Toma, Mary Neathway and Reita Vandenborre. Photo credit: Contributed

New machine test artery blood flow

Ankle Brachial Index machine purchased for Clearwater hospital

The fundraising efforts of the auxiliary has contributed to the purchase of a new Ankle Brachial Index for the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater.

Janice Wyatt, a home care nurse, recently demonstrated how the new machine works to a group of auxiliary members.

The machine cuts the testing time in half for arterial insufficiency.

Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which the arteries in your legs or arms are narrowed or blocked.

The ankle-brachial index test compares your blood pressure measured at your ankle with your blood pressure measured at your arm.

A 50/50 raffle is one of fundraisers that provides the opportunity to purchase the badly needed equipment, with all tickets now sold, we will find out Dec. 7 who wins the $5,000 prize.

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