Salford theatres get state-of-the-art flat-screen patient monitoring devices


Mindray's Benevision system now operating across 20 theatres

A new patient monitoring system has been installed within Salford Royal Hospital theatres and recovery areas, putting it on the road to having the most-advanced digital monitoring and information system in the NHS.

The Benevision monitoring system from Mindray has state-of-the-art split and touchscreen layouts and is now fully functional across 20 theatres, replacing the trust’s 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.

“And 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 in 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 single 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 this year.

The new monitors will be connected to the patient record system later this year; and, in April a new £2m anaesthetic management system – the GE Healthcare Centricity High Acuity Anaesthesia Information Management Solution – will be installed.

Dr Gareth Thomas, 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.

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“By having a system that records all information in real time means we can focus on the patient and have better information to base our decisions on.”