UK manufacturer Anetic Aid Ltd is at MEDICA 2010 – the largest healthcare exhibition in the world - demonstrating the benefits of day surgery, an approach to treatment which has transformed working practices in the UK’s NHS
In the UK, day surgery has been one of the key strategies used to modernise the NHS – addressing the need to reduce waiting times, improve cost efficiency, and most importantly make health services more patient centred.
‘True’ day surgery is the admission of a patient to hospital for a planned surgical procedure requiring full operating theatre facilities and/or a general anaesthetic, who returns home on the same day. In other words they are cases which would not be considered as traditional outpatient activity.
The benefits of this increasingly popular approach to treatment apply anywhere in the world:
• Patients receive the appropriate treatment and are able to recover in their own homes. Cancellation of surgery due to emergency pressures in a dedicated day surgery unit is unlikely and the risk of hospital acquired infection is reduced.
• Clinicians are able to provide high quality care for appropriate patients, releasing inpatient beds for more major cases.
• Hospitals improve their throughput of patients and reduce waiting lists and costs.
In response to this and with the aim of maximising the benefits, hospital equipment designers such as British-based Anetic Aid Ltd have focused time and energy on producing equipment systems that combine the capabilities of a patient transport trolley and an operating table.
Guy Schofield, Managing Director of the company’s manufacturing operation in Portsmouth explained: “The challenge for us as manufacturers was to combine the maneovrability of a trolley with the key attributes of an operating table.
“One of the most important of these is access – both for the surgeon and for X Ray/ imaging. In designing our most recent powered model of the QA4 Day Surgery System, we have a traversing top giving 100% C-arm access. This was easily the most difficult thing to achieve in engineering terms, and we are particularly pleased with the results because the equipment offers complete stability for a patient weighing up to 250 kilos – even when the top is fully extended.”
This enhanced weight capacity is also a significant factor for lifting and handling considerations. In a traditional operating scenario, a patient would be admitted to a ward where they would get into a bed – before being transferred to a trolley to be wheeled into the operating theatre and transferred to the operating table. After the operation, the whole process would be reversed – meaning the patient would need to be transferred between equipment four times.
Both the powered QA4 (P) and a lighter manual version, the QA4 (M) remove the need for any such physical transfer of the patient.
Mike Pritchett, International Sales Manager added: “Anetic Aid has a network of partners across the world who offer our equipment. Anyone who would like more details can call us on +44 (0)1943 878647 or to find out more about our products, go to: www.aneticaid.co.uk.”
Anetic Aid will at MEDICA to highlight the concept and benefits of day surgery. The exhibition is taking place between the 17 - 20 November 2010 at the Messe Düsseldorf, Germany. Throughout the show Anetic Aid will be located in Hall 14, stand F12 together with its German distributor Nordiska (www.nordiska.de)