Making operations safer
Deltex Medical Ltd is a SME based in West Sussex whose CardioQ-ODM Oesophageal Doppler Monitor (ODM) enables safe fluid management during surgery. Intraoperative Fluid Management (IOFM) technologies monitor and manage a patient's fluid status during surgery. The Deltex Medical solution is supported with a specific NICE recommendation and 'case for adoption' endorsement but still faces barriers to adoption.
We established a measurement process as part of an Enhanced Recovery pathway and held peer reviews with senior NHS trust leaders and clinicians. A number of barriers were identified; the most significant were a lack of credible evidence reviews of the technologies and incomplete data of patient benefits.
We wrote a specification for an evidence review which was commissioned by NICE. We worked with the researchers to shape the report to ensure its usefulness for clinicians. The review was launched at a meeting with anaesthetists and other relevant staff from each Kent, Surrey and Sussex acute Trust and a few from beyond the region.
This has contributed to IOFM usage in Kent, Surrey and Sussex increasing by 24% during 2013. We have the highest spread of IOFM in the country, bringing safer care to more patients. Deltex have been able to create jobs on the back of increased adoption and enhanced credentials for export sales growth.
KSS AHSN is doing an excellent job in supporting and driving the uptake of IOFM as a high impact innovation.
Andy Mears, Group Sales Director, Deltex