Blood flow monitor used at Derby hospital

Technology which could free up NHS beds more quickly has been adopted by a Derby hospital.

Oesophageal Doppler monitoring (ODM) involves putting an ultrasound probe into a patient to ensure a good blood supply during an operation.

It can mean quicker recovery, so people leave hospital sooner.

The system is being used at the Royal Derby Hospital. Other hospitals across the UK are being encouraged to use ODM during surgery.

Eat and drink

Currently it is only used in fewer than 3% of relevant operations nationally.

Consultant in anaesthesia Dr Stuart Gold said it was essential for a good blood supply to reach the organs being operated on in order to prevent subsequent complications.

He said: "What we're showing is that (patients) can eat and drink sooner after their operation and they go home, on average, in our project at the Royal Derby Hospital, about two and a half days earlier than they would have done otherwise."

The device, enabling staff to maximise the fluid in the patient's blood, can be used in most major surgical procedures.

It costs about £60 per operation.

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