Vital sign monitors donated to Brac care center

From left, Chris Randall, Veterans and Seamen's Society treasurer, care workers Annette Brown and Cecile Barnes, supervisor Francis Clyne, care worker Marva King-Crewe, and Royce Dilbert, president of the Veterans and Seamen's Society.

The Veterans and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman donated two portable digital electronic vital sign monitors to the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre.

The instruments, which measure blood pressure, pulse rates, oxygen saturation and temperature, are mounted on trolleys that can be easily positioned next to a patient’s bedside.

The seamen and veterans raised the funds for the monitors, which are valued at $1,200 each. They handed them over to staff on Friday.

Community care worker Cecile Barnes thanked the Veterans and Seamen’s Society on behalf of the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre’s supervisor and staff.

“This is much easier for us and we don’t have to use three different machines to do the vitals,” Ms. Barnes said.

The veterans and seamen uses subscriptions, donations and proceeds of fundraising events to assist its members and others on the Brac and Little Cayman.

“To purchase the two monitors, we held special fundraisers such as the seamen’s picnic and country and western nights,” said Royce Dilbert, president of the Veterans and Seamen’s Society.

“They thought it was really important to assist the clients at the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre because they have to do everything manually,” said Yvette Dilbert, administrator at Cayman Brac Faith Hospital. “This equipment is actually digital and electric and goes right next to the bedside. Every patient can get accessed even once for the day … a lot of the patients that are there have existing chronic illnesses.”

She said the monitors are similar to those used at the hospital.