When an emergency strikes: be prepared. As Nancy Naeve Brown reports the Avera Marshall Emergency Department is and it's thanks in part to thrifty shoppers and hundreds of volunteers.
The Avera Marshall Medical Center Emergency Department is fully loaded with high tech portable equipment for trauma cases coming in to their ER. One of the newest additions is this GlideScope which is used primarily for difficult intubations.
Avera Marshall Emergency Department Dr. Omer Qureishy demonstrates how their new bedside ultrasound works for seeing internal bleeding. Technically it's called a FAST scan which stands for focus Assessment of Trauma and it's literally so much faster than earlier protocol.
"We would rely on exams then send the patients to CT scan or ask for our detailed ultrasound which can take a long time," Dr. Qureishy said.
And if you are bleeding out time is not on your side.
"That's why this bedside ultrasound is so great. Not only for an aorta bleed or any bleed inside the abdomen around the liver, heart, bladder or spleen or even in the lung with air outside the lung. This instrument is able to see in a minute so we can react, "Dr. Qureishy said.
The equipment was paid for here at the Avera Marshall Auxiliary Thrift Store. It was founded in 1985 and a village of 400 some volunteers put in 20,000 hours last year sorting, pricing and fixing all the donated goods coming in that are in turn sold and the money raised goes back to Avera Marshall Medical Center.
"All of us, including myself, we are all volunteers. We work many hours and everyone of the workers think it's wonderful, "Avera Marshall Auxiliary Thrift Store Manager Bob VanLeeuwe said.
If you have shopped at the gift shop at Avera Marshall you are also helping provide funds for the hospital. Since 1985 they're raised 2.6 million dollars that goes right back to the hospital.
"I'm there to help people and I started a long time ago. I've had 12 surgeries, 1 major surgery and that changed my attitude. It's about giving back to the community not about who is rich or poor but helping fellow citizens. It's been wonderful," Bob said.
For families on a strict budget who depend on the thrift store for clothes, shoes and other things for the home this is a necessity. For folks who will one day depend on the hospital staff and the best tools at their disposal the Thrift and Gift shops are also a necessity. Talk about a win-win for Marshall.