The Common Good is proud to be a part of the Curing Homesickness initiative that has brought hospitals around Australia together to help get sick kids home faster. We believe that kids don't belong in hospital, they belong at home. Money raised will go towards helping kids in hospital back home where they belong by investing in vital funding needs such as medical research, the latest equipment and the amazing health professionals who deliver the care our children need. Funds will also be used to cure homesickness by developing services to connect kids to home while in hospital and making them feel a bit more at home during their hospital stay.
Coles have come on board to help raise much-needed funds for this campaign. You can buy a jar of the real deal Mum's Sause at your local Coles supermarket. 50c of every jar sold goes towards getting kids home from hospital sooner.
When a patient's heart and lungs begin to fail, they are often put on a treatment called extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO for short. These life-support systems are often the last chance to help critically ill patients recover by helping to pump blood and oxygen around the body. From infants to children and adults, these amazing machines have saved tens of thousands of lives worldwide.
Research has shown that the inability to talk can lead to depression, social withdrawal, lack of motivation to participate in self-care, and more. This is a common issue that occurs in intensive care units (or ICUs) all over the world - patients that require a tracheostomy (a procedure that involves inserting a tube through the windpipe to create an alternative airway for breathing) lose the ability to speak, as oxygen isn't make its way past their vocal chords.