Secondary Care

GDE Salford Royal goes paperless with anaesthetic system

The anaesthetics department at Salford Royal is going digital, following the recent installation of GE Healthcare’s Centricity™ High Acuity Anaesthesia (CHA-A) Information Management Solution –  known by clinicians as ‘CHAAS’.

Salford Royal,  a Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) organisation, is utilising the system to automatically collect 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.

The Trust said “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. There will be raw data collected by the system, rather than image scans of paper documents, this will enable data interrogation and searches for a richer depth of physiological and surgical information for patient care planning and research purposes.”

Dr John Large, Consultant Anaesthetist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust “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.”

Chris Russell, Product Segment Leader, High Acuity Care, GE Healthcare “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.”