QEH Auxiliary fulfills pledge to hospital’s SPD Department – March 11, 2019

CHARLOTTETOWN – In 2014, the QEH Auxiliary pledged an incredible $520,000, the majority directed to the Supply, Processing, and Distribution (SPD) Department of the QEH during the QEH/Eastlink annual telethon.

The staff of SPD work behind the scenes and create a steady flow of supplies from the hospital distribution center to patients and personnel throughout the QEH.

“With the initial funds, we purchased a large-capacity washer-disinfector and an instrument washer-disinfector,” says Susan MacKinnon, QEH SPD Manager. “With this final pledge payment our new electronic instrument tracking system, at a cost of $275,000, will be operational in the coming months.”

Hundreds of trays, each containing the instruments required for various procedures taking place throughout the hospital, will be permanently marked using barcoding identification technology. “This will allow for visibility and traceability throughout the QEH and immediate access to detailed information on the history and use of the trays throughout their entire cycle, from reprocessing to return of the trays,” explains MacKinnon. “Eventually the system will track each individual instrument.”

“Traditionally, this area of the hospital doesn’t get a lot of the attention involving donations. This commitment by the QEH Auxiliary has been really important,” says MacKinnon.  “The implementation of the electronic instrument tracking system is defined by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) as part of the complete patient safety record and the QEH will be one of a few hospitals in the country to have this equipment.” 

“We recognize the services of SPD are imperative to the delivery of safe patient care,” says Teresa McCabe, QEH Auxiliary President. “We were happy to help them.  It’s our many supporters and volunteers who make it possible.”

Ed Lawlor chair of the QEH Foundation Board, thanked the QEH Auxiliary for completing their generous pledge to the QEH Foundation, making this initiative possible. “QEH Auxiliary is always a top donor in every project we do and we thank them for bringing this cutting-edge technology to the Island.”

QEH Auxiliary – Quick Information

  • Volunteer-driven organization providing funds and services in support of the patients and staff of the QEH since 1981
  • Lillibet’s Gift Shop & The Royal Pantry in the main lobby of the QEH are managed by the Auxiliary.
  • Raised over $5 Million for the QEH since inception.