Thanks to your support through Dry July’s generous donation, Mater has been able to provide the very best in comprehensive and integrated healthcare for people living with cancer.
In 2017, Mater urgently needed to replace a suite of pain management pumps that were reaching the end of their seven-year lifespan and were being retired. We have successfully done so, thanks to Dry July.
In September 2017 you provided Mater with $23,880 to purchase NIKI T34 Pain Pumps to provide readily available and effective pain management treatment for oncology and palliative care patients.
Thank you so much for your incredible support.
Pain pumps, or ambulatory syringe drivers, are simple to use and a reliable way for patients to control their own pain relief. As pain can be the most feared symptom at the end of life, managing pain effectively can help ease the distress for many people during their final life transition.
The NIKI Pain Pumps, which we purchased thanks to your generosity, also allow people to go home for their end of life care as they are portable and lightweight. Patients are not required to have regular, repeated injections in hospital because their medication is delivered from the pump via a needle, usually for 24 hours, and then absorbed by their body.
This technology also significantly reduces anxiety for patients' families. They know their loved one can return home without undue discomfort as they approach the end of their life.
To give you an idea of just how often such pumps are used, Mater undertook 3,376 palliative reviews in 2016 and pain pumps were used in most of these cases to ease distress and support dignity.
So thank you Dry July, for your generous support in funding this valuable equipment which provides dignity, pain relief and a last opportunity for comfort for many cancer patients at Mater.
Your generosity continues to make a huge difference to the lives of people with cancer, giving them the very best in comprehensive and integrated healthcare.