17th December 2015 – Donations to make sure patients are asleep during operations
Equipment worth around £25,000 has been donated to Airedale’s operating theatres by the hospital’s charity to help monitor patients who are having an anaesthetic.
They have bought two Narcotrend™ depth of anaesthesia monitors for anaesthetists to use to measure how active a patient’s brain is and how asleep they are while they have any procedures are carried out.
The monitors help to reduce the risk of patients being awake but unable to move during operations.
The two pieces of equipment can be used for all general anaesthetics but are particularly useful for total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) – a technique which involves use of intravenous drugs to anaesthetise the patient without the use of inhalational agents. This is much less toxic that the traditional methods and better for both the patient and the environment.
Frank Swinton, consultant anaesthetist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This equipment is especially useful for this style of anaesthetic which reduces drowsiness, nausea and vomiting for the patient and we are very grateful for the donation.”
Eileen Proud, president of Friends of Airedale, said: “Everything we buy for the hospital is worthwhile, but to me this kit is absolutely invaluable to protect anyone who is having a procedure carried out under anaesthetic. “