Bathurst Hospital has undergone a significant safety upgrade for its anaesthetic workstations and monitoring machines.
Compared to the machines they replaced, the new Draegar anaesthetic machine is the equivalent of upgrading from a 1995 car.
Bathurst Hospital General Manager Cathy Marshall, said “While the old machines were well-maintained and completely functional, they had 300,000 kilometres on the clock”.
“These new machines and monitoring give us many of the safety features you would expect from a 2018 car with all the features.
“The new anaesthetic machines are capable of integrating with the electronic record, meaning that nursing staff spend more time looking at and after the patients and less time typing in data and looking at a computer monitor”.
It also means for the anaesthetists, that unstable patients can be anaesthetized with added safety.
“Our machines also integrate with our ventilators in ICU, which means transferring patients between the operating theatres and ICU can be achieved more efficiently and safely”.
The computer attached to the anaesthetic machine also has decision making tools that assist the anaesthetist to deliver lower dose anaesthetics, which has the potential benefit of reducing side effects for patients, like nausea and vomiting and lowers the overall cost of anaesthetics for the hospital.
“The four anaesthetic machines are integrated which means it can go with the patient from admission to theatres until discharge from theatres”.
“It makes work for the staff and transition through the hospitals easier for the patient”, Cathy said.