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Paperless anaesthetic system arrives at Salford Royal

The anaesthetics department at Salford Royal is going digital, following the recent installation of world-class technology.

Salford Royal NHS FoundationTrust, part of the Northern Care Alliance (NCA) has taken deployment of GE Healthcare’s Centricity™ High Acuity Anaesthesia (CHA-A) Information Management Solution - affectionately known by clinicians as ‘CHAAS’.

As a Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) organisation, Salford Royal is improving patient outcomes by automatically collecting data from medical devices at each stage of care: from preoperative assessment; during surgery in the operating room; through to the post-anaesthesia recovery unit. This full and detailed picture of the patient will enable clinicians to make informed decisions in real time, keeping the patient safe and has the potential to improve clinical outcomes.

Keeping paper based records is expensive, and impacts patient safety. Retrieving information from paper based sources is problematic and time consuming. The new system aims to improve patient safety and help the department be more efficient by reducing the number of paper documents that need to be scanned by the Trust’s bureau on a daily basis. Furthermore, raw data collected by the system, rather than image scans of paper documents, will enable data interrogation and searches for a richer depth of physiological and surgical information for patient care planning and research purposes.

“Patient safety is central to everything we do in the healthcare profession. Full digitisation of the patient journey in perioperative care will ensure that everything is recorded correctly, in order to fully support clinical decision making,” said Dr John Large, Consultant Anaesthetist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

“We have over 26,000 theatre episodes per year in our 22 theatres – some for more than 12 hours, high risk surgery and others which are 20 minute routine procedures. By having a system that records all information in real time means that the focus of an anaesthetist is firmly on the patient, not on recording detailed data. This delivers great efficiencies and is also better for the patient.”

"GE Healthcare is pleased to be partnering with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, helping the team to realise all the potential benefits that a state-of the-art IT system such as the GE Centricity solution can bring. It will benefit not only the patients, but also the individuals and clinical teams that make up our National Health Service; enhancing even further the excellent care that the teams already provide on a daily basis,” said Chris Russell, Product Segment Leader, High Acuity Care at GE Healthcare.

“The CHA-A project has been a great success and is testament to the skill and dedication of the Salford and GE project teams,” said Tim Power, Senior Programme Director, High Acuity Care at GE Healthcare.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is one of 17 acute Trusts in the UK designated as an NHS Global Digital Exemplar. This puts patient safety, reliability, operational efficiency and improving patient experiences at the heart of technological change. It is the principal receiving site for the Greater Manchester Major Trauma Service, and the designated site for high risk surgery for the North West sector of Greater Manchester.

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