In 2021 the Robert Burns International Foundation continued its support of the Hódmezővásárhely-Makó Paediatric Department of the Csongrád-Csanád County Health Care Centre. This donation was part of our SME Sponsorship Scheme, and was enabled by the continued involvement of Inter Relocation Kft.

The RBIF funded the purchase of a Natus neoBLUE compact phototherapy device and two EDAN iM3 patient monitors.

The neoBLUE compact is a phototherapy device for the treatment of neonatal jaundice. The LED light sources in the device emit blue light at the right wavelength, which causes the bile pigment bilirubin – that accumulates in the blood and causes jaundice – to break down and reduce blood levels. This procedure effectively treats neonatal jaundice and in a significant proportion of cases prevents extreme bilirubin accumulation, which can lead to brain damage if left untreated. Its compact size makes it easy to move and position.

According to consultant physician and head of department Dr Ferenc Papp:

We already had one of these devices in our neonatal unit, but felt we needed another as we often have several babies requiring light treatment at the same time. In such cases, we could only do so with a 30–40-year-old device that is less efficient with fluorescent tubes. We can now provide modern light treatment for two newborns at the same time in our department. The need for a second device is also explained by the significant increase in the number of newborns in the hospital in Hódmezővásárhely (in 2020, the number of births per year increased by 50% compared to previous years).

The two EDAN iM3 patient monitors purchased with the donation will be used primarily to monitor the basic vital signs of sick newborns and infants. The device records and displays blood oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure on a touch screen display. The parameters are clearly visible, even from a distance, which increases the safety of patient monitoring. The device was selected for its ease of use, compact size and the fact that the signal processing is less sensitive to movement, making it particularly suitable for use with newborns and infants. The two new monitors complement the older monitors in our department but are better in terms of functionality.

A big thank you to Inter Relocation for the continued support in the SME Sponsorship Scheme.

 

The Robert Burns International Foundation has donated equipment to the 2nd Department of Paediatrics at Semmelweis University in Tűzoltó utca every year since the roots of the Foundation were laid in 1998.

Following in his late father’s footsteps, Professor Dr. György Fekete led the 2nd Department until his semi-retirement in 2009. Author of 118 paediatric publications with 1034 citations, we are proud that he continues to advise the Foundation each year on deserving causes for the support of sick and underprivileged children around Hungary. In such capacities, he has long been recognised as one of the country’s unsung heroes for sick children. The Foundation is lucky to continue to be advised by a man of such professional international standing and integrity.

In 2021 the 2nd Department of Paediatrics requested the help of the RBIF to buy a Biometra TAdvanced gradient PCR machine. This device is what is known as a thermal cycler, a piece of laboratory equipment most commonly used to amplify segments of DNA via polymerase chain reaction(PCR). Thermal cyclers may also be used in laboratories to facilitate other temperature-sensitive reactions, including restriction enzyme digestion or rapid diagnostics. The device has a thermal block with holes where tubes holding the reaction mixtures can be inserted. The cycler then raises and lowers the temperature of the block in discrete, pre-programmed steps.

According to Professor Fekete:

We currently have set up the device to detect copy number variation (CNV) characteristic for Di-George Syndrome.

The symptoms here can vary, often including congenital heart problems, specific facial features, frequent infections, developmental delay, learning problems and cleft palate.

We have successfully applied the CNV detection assay for Di-George Syndrome for more than 25 patient samples, and we currently plan to do 20 samples/month for this assay. Furthermore, by February 2022 we plan to set methylation-sensitive assays for imprinting-related genetic disorders.

 

The Péterfy Sándor Street Hospital, located in District 7, is one of Budapest’s oldest and largest hospitals with nearly 1,600 beds, where patients can be treated for many different ailments and conditions. 

The neonatal wing is run by Dr Gábor Baross, who with the support of his team can deal with anything between 500 and 600 premature babies every year with a maximum capacity to accommodate 20 to 30 babies at any one time.

This department of the hospital has been a beneficiary of support from the Robert Burns International Foundation for many years, and when we asked Dr Boross what would be most useful in 2021, he revealed that a heated humidifier was top of their list.

Babies that are born can find themselves in need of ventilation for various reasons, and this is where humidifiers like that purchased by the RBIF are invaluable.

According to Dr. Boross,

with this device and its accessories they can ventilate newborn babies much more gently. The breathing circuits that were purchased along with the main device ensure that the noses of the babies are subject to less irritation, and therefore much more rarely cause an injury when compared to the circuits that we used to use.

The MD850 heated humidifier is a robust system that is designed to withstand daily hospital use, and so it will provide significant support for the doctors and nurses in their challenging day-to-day activities.

Thanks to the generosity of the guests and sponsors of the annual Burns Supper the Robert Burns International Foundation is able to help make sure that the department always has the necessary number of functional and reliable equipment at its disposal.

As part of our SME Sponsorship Scheme we endeavour to support smaller yet no less important projects around the country, and in 2021 we were delighted to be able to return to Székesfehérvár to provide support for the second time.

Norhot Kft. is a real estate company based in Budapest, and the owners joined our scheme for the first time in 2020, identifying Fejér county as the region that they wished to support.

When Norkot Kft. came back to us in the spring saying that they wanted to take part in the SME Sponsorship Scheme again, it made sense to go back to Dr Gábor Simon, who runs the paediatric department at the Szent György University Hospital in Székesfehérvár, to ask how we could help.

The doctors and nurses at the paediatric department revealed that their work would best be facilitated by the addition of a Euromex iScope trinocular microscope.

According to Dr Simon,

the microscope not only helps with the day-to-day work of the department (quality blood counts, urine sediment), it is also used for training purposes. The examined substance can be projected onto a screen by means of the attached camera, while the photos taken can be stored for teaching and training purposes. The microscope that the department previously used was old and obsolete, had been repaired several times, and was not suitable even for routine examinations.

The other request was for a digital blood pressure measurement device combined with a pulse oximeter.

This device that comes with a wide range of cuffs makes it possible to record precise blood pressure measurements even of newborns, and to measure the blood oxygen concentration of patients struggling with severe respiratory problems. This latter parameter is crucial for deciding whether to give a patient continuous oxygen or transfer them to intensive care for further treatment.

A big thank you to Norhot Kft. for their kind donation.