The Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation recently purchased equipment for Buena Vista Regional Medical Center’s ER Department to help doctors easily measure patients’ eye pressure.
The iCare IC200 Tonometer is a tool that allows doctors to measure a patients’ intraocular pressure (IOP), or the fluid pressure of the eye.
The tonometer is commonly used on patients who experience trauma to the face. Doctors need to measure a patient’s IOP in order to determine the best treatment plan, whether they need to seek specialty care immediately or if they can wait to see their eye doctor the next day.
“When patients seek emergency care, it is critical that doctors have the tools necessary to effectively take care of patients,” says Katie Schwint, BVRMC Executive Director of Community Development. “We are thankful for our donors who allow our hospital to purchase equipment that helps advance our level of patient care.”
The new tonometer is non-invasive, painless and quicker for doctors to use, helping to make the experience more comfortable for patients.
“Our ER doctors are dedicated to providing exceptional care while ensuring patients are as comfortable as possible,” says BVRMC Director of ER/Ambulance Sarah Naberhaus. “We are proud to serve a community who continuously gives back, helping to support our hospital and provide necessary equipment that makes a difference in our patients’ lives.”