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Flight instrument: Wellington Hospital patient transfer charge nurse manager Henny Nicholls, left, laboratory quality
co-ordinator Clare Murphy, neonatal intensive care nurse technician Tengseng Ong and neonatal intensive care nurse
manager Rosemary Escott with a new portable blood gas monitoring device.
Photo: JIM CHIPP
By JIM CHIPP
Helicopter crew transferring
unwell infants to Wellington
Hospital's neonatal unit have
another tool to monitor the con-
dition of their tiny patients.
Wellington Hospitals and Health
Foundation has presented the neo-
natal patient retrieval team with a
portable i-Stat monitor for admin-
istering blood gas tests en route.
The hand-held monitor will be
used for all critical patients who
need ventilation or blood tests in
the air ambulance.
The monitor delivers analyses of
a variety of blood gases from a
prick test within nine seconds.
The blood is collected on a small
cartridge which is inserted into the
base of the machine.
Different cartridges measure for
different aspects of the blood,
including carbon dioxide, glucose
The results are stored in the
monitor's memory and can be sent
to a printer by bluetooth.
Neonatal unit biomedical tech-
nician Tengseng Ong said the port-
ability was the new machine's
Now we can do blood gas tests
off site -- in transit, on the ground
or in the air.
Once the results are received,
almost instantaneously, the team
can tailor the ventilation strategy
and ensure the best treatment for
They can optimise the venti-
lation by setting how fast the oxy-
gen is delivered, the exhale/inhale
times and the number of breaths
The hospital's flight retrieval
team averages at least one flight a
day carrying seriously ill patients
to Wellington Hospital.
Late last year Mrinali Kumar, a Berhampore Primary Montessori pupil, contacted us to suggest we might like to provide more stories
for our younger readers. She offered to write something for us. Mrinali, now 13 and in her first weeks at Wellington High School,
has sent us this story.
Mrinali asks what's in a name
Have you ever wondered what life
would be like if none of us had a
name? Probably not. But how
would we call each other? Possibly
by saying things like: Hey No 368,
come here.'' No, I don't think that
sounds good either.
When a baby gets its name, it's
like its first big step into the world.
That name will be his/her identity.
Imagine if Albert Einstein didn't
have a name. We would surely
have trouble remembering his
remarkable discoveries now,
In different cultures families
have their own traditions and cus-
toms of finding names.
To find out more, I asked some
people how they named their chil-
dren, or how they got named them-
I asked one of our family friends,
Li, how she named her daughters.
She is Chinese and in her culture
every sibling in a family has to
have the same sound in their name
to mark a generation.
Her children are Eliza and
Elyana. Their Chinese names, Zhi
Lan and Zhi En, share the same
For Chinese, the meaning of the
child's name is also very important.
A name needs to describe the child
in a positive way.
Because a name is made up of
two words, they have to make
Li's older daughter's name
means iris and orchard.
Some Chinese people choose a
name on the basis of when the baby
was born and where the moon was
at that time.
Chinese writing is made up of
strokes, so the Chinese check how
many strokes there are in the name
to see if that number is lucky for
In Russia, you can have any first
name, but sometimes a baby may
be named after someone in the
family who has died recently.
The middle name has to be the
name of the father, with an ending
Girls' names end with ovna'',
and boys with ovich''. For
example, the full name of my
Russian friend (who I interviewed)
is Elena Davydovna Pertchouk.
Our family friends named their
children after a family member
they had a connection with, or after
the place they were from -- New
Zealand is a country made up of
They kept the surname after one
of the parents, so it would carry on
in the future.
I also asked a woman called
Donna how she named her boys.
She's from the Philippines and is
part-Catholic, so had her children
At the time of baptism, she said,
it is optional if you want to name
your children or ask the saint for
options, or get a name from the
Some parents name their chil-
dren after ancestors. She named
her boys after a famous tennis
player and an archangel.
In Pakistan, different people
have different beliefs when it
comes to naming their children.
Some choose to go the traditional
way, by following the birth charts
and finding a letter for the name.
Others go for any name that has
a meaning to it.
Some people choose a name for
their child which will rhyme with
an older member of the family, like
Jameel and Shakeel.
The common factor is that the
baby should be named within seven
days of birth.
Hindus have rituals to celebrate
many different occasions.
Because I am a Hindu, I had a
proper ceremony when I was
Forty days from birth a priest is
called and a ceremony called Chola
is held. Chola means dress.
For the first 40 days, the baby
has to wear clothes passed down by
siblings and cousins, and on this
day the baby finally wears new
The priest makes a birth chart
with information such as time and
date of birth, and parents' names.
According to the chart, the priest
gave us a letter of the alphabet and
then my family chose a name from
that letter for me. (My name is
Mrinali which means the purity of
a soul and the flower lotus, which
is very holy in India.)
Special thanks to Li Ling Ing,
Donna Leah Lepardo, Elena
Davydovna Pertchouk, Raj Arora
and Irfan Siddique for their help.
If your family celebrated a nam-
ing occasion differently, I would
like you to share your experience
with me. Email me at millz2010@g-
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