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On 14th of September 2015, The Polish Minister of Health, acting as the Operator of PL07 Programme  “Development and better adaptation of healthcare to demographic and epidemiological trends”, in the wake of a contest, concluded an agreement with Provincial Hospital in Poznan, concerning realization of a project titled “Improving the standard of neonatal care in the province of Wielkopolska by providing additional equipment to the Provincial Hospital in Poznań”. The funding for this project is provided by European Economic Area (EEA) and Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Through Norwegian Financial Mechanism and European Economic Area (EEA) Grants, Norway, Island and Lichtenstein provide funding for the new members of European Union. This funding is directly connected with Polish entry to European Union and, as a result, entering into European Economic Area, which consist of members of EU and Norway, Island and Lichtenstein. The EEA Grants and Norway Grants are set up for five-year periods. For the period 2009-2014, €1.79 billion has been set aside under the Grants, from which 97% was provided by Norway.

The main aim of PL07 Programme “Development and better adaptation of healthcare to demographic and epidemiological trends” is an improvement of state of health of the polish society through development and adjusting medical care to actual population state of health and demographic factors.

PL07 Project consist of following areas of support:

  1. Improvement of perinatal care – providing services on prophylactics, diagnostics and treatment in order to increase a birth rate in Poland
  2. Better adjustment of medical care – in order to face up to the needs of rapidly increased population of chronically diseased patients, not self-reliant and elderly people
  3. Prophylactics of cancer – in order to decrease the cancer incidence and mortality rate in Poland

Our project forms a part of an area of improvement of perinatal care. Its aim is to improve the quality and broaden an access to medical care of newborn infants, including intensive care and newborns therapy in Poznan and whole province of Wielkopolska.

The investment part of our project consist of purchasing medical equipment, serving to save newborns life. Purchased medical equipment will modernize and upgrade the equipment of Provincial Hospital in Poznan. This will help to solve the problem of shortage of hospital beds that may occur while admitting newborns from hospitals on lower reference levels.

  • High quality mechanical ventilators for newborn ventilation – 2 pcs.
  • Non-invasive ventilator nCPAP – 1 pc.
  • Units for newborn resuscitation – 6 pcs.
  • Transport incubator – 1 pc.
  • Cardiomonitors – 3 pcs.
  • Incubators for intensive treatment – hybrid type – 2 pcs.
  • Incubators for intensive care – 5 pcs.
  • Puls oximeters – 10 pcs.
  • Phototherapy lamps – 6 pcs.
  • Bilirubinometer – 1 pc.
  • Syringe infusion pumps – 12 pcs.
  • Volume infusion pumps – 4 pcs.
  • Blood gas analyser – 1 pc.
  • Laminar flow chamber – 1 pc.
  • Refrigerator for a storage of medicines – 1 pc.
  • Manikins for resuscitation training – 6 pcs.
  • Direct ophtalmoscopes – 2 pcs.
  • Projector set and a large monitor for information and promotion presentation.

As a significant element of our project a series of trainings for both medical personal of different kind and newborns parents will be organized. This trainings will include especially:

  • Training in resuscitation of newborn and preparing for transport (8 trainings) – for medical doctors, nurses and midwives of Neonatal Department and Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Provincial Hospital in Poznan, pediatricians and neonatologists, nurses and midwives working in the I-st degree neonatal care units in the province of Wielkopolska. Resuscitation which is undertaken in right time and correctly proceeded decides not only about newborn chances for normal development, but often about its chance to live.
  • Training in ophthalmoscopy (4 trainings) – dedicated to medical doctors of Neonatal Department of Provincial Hospital in Poznań and neonatologists from other Perinatology Departments from the area of province of Wielkopolska. Introducing this examination on our Neonatal Department will allow to detect, in early stage, the cases of inborn cataracts. Further diagnostics and treatment, undertaken at this early stage, gives a chance to avoid permanent disablement – blindness.
  • Training in USG – dedicated to medical doctors of Neonatal Department of Provincial Hospital in Poznan and neonatologists and pediatrics from the area of the province of Wielkopolska. Neonatal Department of Provincial Hospital in Poznan has at its disposal high-tech ultrasound scanner, thanks to which it is possible to perform a full range of ultrasonographic examination. However, to fully benefit from this equipment, it is necessary to upskill medical personal using it. This will contribute in improving quality of newborns care.
  • “School for Parents” – dedicated to parents of newborns treated in Neonatal Department (both of these that are still in hospital, and ones that have already been discharged) and pregnant women treated in ex. pathology of pregnancy department. The aim of this weekly meetings is for parents to learn more about care in Neonatal Department and about common problems of newborns. We want to help parents to develop basic skills concerning baby care routine, such as bathing or clothing a newborn. We see the importance of providing advices concerning breastfeeding, as well as providing professional psychological and physiotherapeutic care.
  • As a part of our project there will be held a series of lectures in the I-st degree neonatal care units in the province of Wielkopolska, concerning the subject of resuscitation of newborns and providing them with proper care until the transport arrives. The aim of these lectures is to increase safety of medical services provided for newborns and improving the three-level system of perinatal care.

Within the project, several promotion measures are undertaken, such as:

  1. Press conference during the official opening of the project
  2. Information seminary for co-working operators
  3. Official closing of the project during the summary conference
  4. Press information, promotion video clip, information boards
  5. Promotion stickers (suited for equipment), leaflets, information about project placed on Internet websites
  6. Creating subpage concerning this project on Hospital’s main Internet website
  7. Creating a profile of this project on social network platform – Facebook – we invite you to ‘like’ our profile and gain access to latest news concerning our project!