The Engineering Contribution to Peri-operative Patient Safety

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Date: June 17th 2014 9:00am until 5:30pm

Location: Royal Academy of Engineering, London SW1Y 5DG

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This conference will address recent and novel developments in technology and process in the field of perioperative patient safety relevant to engineers, surgeons, anaesthetists and intensive care physicians. It will also allow the opportunity for discussion and networking between professionals from these specialities.


It is well understood that teamwork, good communications, robust processes and an awareness of clinical priorities are important contributors to peri-operative patient safety. Increasingly, these safeguards are underpinned by engineering technology that has a major role to play in ensuring patient safety. Medical care is complex, which creates the need for a systems approach to peri-operative care. Engineers already apply this approach to ensure the safety of their designs and the principles are transferable to the clinical setting. This conference will explore how they might be applied in peri-operative care.

The conference will also address developments across the full range of technologies that impact on peri-operative care such as: IT systems that ensure the flexibility, accuracy and security of patient information; electronic monitoring devices that are constantly in use during surgical operations or on an ICU; new applications for the delivery of anaesthesia; and advances in surgery technology and robotics. The conference will explore these modern techniques and the subsequent changes in peri-operative care they have caused.

The event is approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for 5 CPD credits.

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9.00am Registration and coffee

10.00am Welcome by Dr Patrick Magee, Consultant anaesthetist, Bath

10.05am Keynote: Engineering contribution to peri-operative patient safety: together we succeed - Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, Chief Scientific Advisor, Institute for Medical Science and Technology, University of Dundee

10.25am Session 1: Anaesthesia and intensive care.  Chair: Professor Peter Hutton, Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

10.30am Bad medical engineering design in anaesthesia - Dr Chris Frerk, Consultant Anaesthetist, Patient Safety Lead (Human Factors & Training), Northampton General Hospital

10.50am Engineering better delivery of anaesthesia - Dr Tom Clutton-Brock, Associate Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

11.10am Monitoring technology: where we are - Professor John Crowe, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Nottingham

11.30am Technology in enhanced recovery - Professor Monty Mythen, Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, UCL

11.50am Discussion

12.10pm Lunch

1.25pm Session 2: Surgery. Chair: Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS England

1.30pm LEAN and CRM interventions: lessons learned from engineering industry - Peter McCulloch, Clinical Reader in Surgery, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

1.50pm The use of the reamer–irrigator–aspirator device for stabilisation of long bone fractures with intramedullary nailing - Professor Peter Giannoudis, Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

2.10pm Engineering to help manage error - Professor Harold Thimbleby, Professor of computer science, Swansea University

2.30pm Surgical robots: the problem of safety and autonomy - Dr Patrick Finlay, Managing Director of MediMaton Ltd; Chairman, Biomedical Engineering Association, IMechE

2.50pm Discussion

3.10pm Coffee break

3.40pm Session 3: Engineering systems for safety. Chair: Professor Azzam Taktak, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Department of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering, Royal Liverpool University Hospital; Vice President of Engineering at IPEM

3.45pm Integrating the information pathway - Professor Jane Grimson FREng, Professor of Health Informatics, Trinity College Dublin; Director of Health Information, Health Information and Quality Authority

4.05pm Medical Device Development from concept to clinician - Dr Robert Dickinson, Senior lecturer, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

4.25pm Medical equipment regulation - John Wilkinson, Director of Devices, MHRA

4.45pm Can we engineer safety? - Professor John Clarkson FREng, Director, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre

5.05pm Discussion

5.25pm Closing remarks

5.30pm Close