Our third charity for last year was local to us; The Oxford Heart Centre. The team
here do amazing work with critically ill patients.
It was an immense privilege to be able to support them, thanks to you, lives will really
"We are delighted Tessell8 have donated to the Oxford Heart Centre at the John Radcliffe,
which will make massive, lifesaving impact for our patients and our staff. The Heart Centre
is a regional centre of excellence, with a wide range of surgical and medical services
available. Their donation will help fund state of the art equipment, such as new pacing systems.
Many of our cardiac patients benefit from the use of a temporary external pacemaker,
which helps to regulate the rate (pace) of the heart. Pacing systems are used for patients
having heart surgery. During the operation electrical wires are attached from the heart to
outside the chest. After surgery these wires are attached to the pacing box and the patient's
heart rate (pace) can then be boosted or calmed whilst the patient is in recovery.
Historically the Heart Centre had a mixture of five different systems - which meant staff had to
be trained across all the varying equipment types. The cardiac team wanted to have higher spec
equipment that would be more responsive and, if required, could pace the heart faster. They also
felt it would be very beneficial to use only one unified system to ensure consistency and aid staff
training. After careful research, Oxford Hospitals Charity offered funding for 25 dual chamber
external pacemakers for use across Oxford Heart Centre.
Caroline White, Lead Nurse at the Cardiac and Thoracic Critical Care Unit, said: "We are absolutely
delighted with these new pacing boxes. They are very intuitive, so staff understand them almost
immediately, and we have greater confidence having only one unified system, so staff can practise
confidently and competently.
This new system offers advanced functionality - allowing settings to be changed quickly and safely,
to ensure the best course of action for heart patients. This can lead to improved treatment and
potentially a shorter stay in hospital, allowing patients to get home to their loved ones more quickly.
The new pacing system is also easy to understand and more user-friendly, which makes it much
more straightforward to teach to all clinical staff.
The Cardiac and Thoracic Critical Care Unit admits over 1,500 patients a year, and it is expected
that 70 percent of these critically ill patients will benefit from the advanced treatment options of
the new pacing system. In addition around 50 patients a year with profound slowing of the heart
rate - due either to medication complications or ageing of the heart's conduction system - will
benefit from the pacing box as temporary emergency support."