20 February 2019
Salford theatres get state-of-the-art flat screen patient monitoring devices
A new patient monitoring system has recently been installed within Salford Royal’s theatres and recovery, putting it on the road to have the most advanced digital monitoring and information system in the NHS. Mindray, a technology company, has won the contract to supply new monitoring systems throughout the Trust.
The Mindray Benevision monitoring system, with state-of-the-art split and touch screen layouts, is now fully functional across 20 theatres, replacing the Trust’s original 20-year-old equipment.
Dr Joe Sebastian, Consultant Anaesthetist said: “This purchase represents a major investment for theatre; the high definition screen integrates various technologies, such as depth of anaesthesia and cardiac output monitoring, onto one central view. Patient data is now more easily visible and we’ve also freed up some space in theatre. With the portable N1 monitor, we now have the ability to continuously monitor our patients from theatre to recovery which is a significant step forward”
The next stage is to install the monitors in ICU, A&E, EAU and the Heart Care Centre at the hospital. This standardisation will enable seamless monitoring of the patient from the emergency department through theatres to critical care on one platform.
As part of its Global Digital Exemplar programme, Salford Royal aims to have a fully digitised theatre and anaesthetic process by the end of 2019. The new monitors will be connected to the patient record system later this year. April also sees the arrival of a new £2m anaesthetic management system – the GE Healthcare Centricity High Acuity Anaesthesia Information Management Solution.
Dr Gareth Thomas, Norther Care Alliance Group Chief Clinical Information Officer, said: “This is a great step forward for the Trust. Full digitisation of the patient journey will improve patient safety and mean everything is recorded correctly. By having a system that records all information in real time means that we can focus on the patient and have better information to base our decisions on.”