New guide for intra-operative fluid management
9 February 2010
The UK's NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) has launched an online guide for Doppler Guided Intra-operative Fluid Management.
The Guide informs clinicians, particularly anaesthetists, and managers how to successfully implement intra-operative fluid management into routine clinical and operational practice.
Optimal management of fluid balance during major surgery is considered a key factor in improving surgical outcomes. Innovative and minimally invasive monitoring of cardiac stroke volume using oesophageal Doppler technology in operating theatres now enables the anaesthetist to safely and accurately administer intravenous fluids during surgery.
Benefits of this technology include:
Widespread implementation of this technique in major surgery offers the opportunity for the NHS to deliver large scale improvements in both quality of care and productivity.
The step-by-step How to why to Guide provides comprehensive information on this technique and reports on the experience of NTAC's three clinical implementation sites currently using the technology. The Guide also explains the adoption barriers and how they can be overcome. Features include a unique easy-to-use Business Case Template, a Costing Model, and a Roadmap Section to support clinicians and hospital managers in the implementation of this technique into clinical and operational practice.
The Guide is available at: www.technologyadoptioncentre.nhs.uk/how-to-why-to-guides.html