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Medtronic Helps Royal Flying Doctor Service Improve Care for Diabetes Patients in Remote Western NSW

23 December 2010

The Royal Flying Doctor Service pilots fly the equivalent of 25 round trips to the moon annually and their doctors and flight nurses are in contact with nearly 760 patients a day.

Here is the RFDS announcement on Medtronic Australia’s support of a service that contributes so significantly to the healthcare of patients in rural and remote Australia:

Improved care for patients

Medtronic Australasia is helping the Flying Doctor improve care for patients with diabetes in remote parts of Western NSW.

Medtronic’s grant of over $40,000 will provide two Continuous Glucose Monitors for patients whose diabetes control is inadequate (monitoring glucose levels in diabetes patients is a vital way to help manage the disease). The grant will also buy laptop computers for clinic staff in Tibooburra, Wanaaring, White Cliffs, Menindee, Wilcannia & Ivanhoe. Staff will be able to input clinical data onto the computers before patients see the RFDS doctor, and use the RFDS program ‘Medical Director’ for follow up care. It will ultimately mean more efficient use of staff time and a more systematic approach to patient care.

Many thanks to Medtronic and all the staff who volunteered at our Bankstown Open Day and at the recent Qantas Open Day.

Story also available here: http://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/News–Events/News/?ItemID=171&count=1

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