Post-op machines scoops NHS award

18/05/2010

A computer system designed by a Sheffield research team which advises when and how patients should be given drugs after a heart bypass operation has won a top NHS award.
The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals' artificial intelligence computer system scooped the software and ICT top prize at the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards Ceremony.
Patients' vital signs are continually monitored by the system, which then advises care experts on the drug type needed and the exact infusion rates every 20 seconds. The control achieved was described as "excellent".
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Jonathan Ross, who worked on the project, said: "This is the first study in the world to demonstrate in a clinical trial the ability for a computer, knowing nothing about the specific patient except what data is shown on the routine monitoring, could suggest to an expert the drugs and infusion rates required for precise control of the cardiovascular system.
"This will mean patients get more individual, tailored care in future, and potentially staff will be freed up from this task for other aspects of care, or maybe to treat more patients simultaneously. There's great potential for delivering more healthcare for the same money with this technology."
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