13th October 2008
Amnesty to save lives
Children’s ward nurse Amanda Davie with the two kinds of apnoea monitors that have gone missing in the past year.
Tauranga Hospital’s children’s ward is offering an amnesty for the return of apnoea monitors, used for monitoring the
breathing of sick babies and children.
Over the past year seven apnoea monitors have not been returned to the Children’s ward at Tauranga hospital or the
Nursing Homecare Service.
Children’s ward nurse manager Lynnece Dowle says while they try to keep track of who has taken them, problems arise when
families move house or people take them without letting staff know.
“These machines are used for life saving measures, and we really need them back,” she says. “They are a small, portable
machine which is attached to the baby by a sensor. If the baby stops breathing the machine’s alarm goes off to alert the
nurse or parent that help is needed immediately.”
Lynnece says the machines are quite distinctive, and she is hoping people will recognise them and return them.
“People might have noticed them at friends’ or neighbours,” she says. “If they are not being used, we need them back for
Anyone wishing to return an apnoea monitor can drop it in to Tauranga Hospital, or call the hospital to arrange for it
to be picked up.