Researchers at Edge Hill University are celebrating after an innovative healthcare project developed with Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust and partners scooped a regional award.
DETECT, which uses electronic devices to record patient information in order to detect early deterioration in children and to prevent critical care transfers, won the Patient Safety Innovation Award at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.
The accolade is in recognition of the excellent work taking place in the healthcare sector, for demonstrating the impact of clinical research and innovation on patients and social care.
Professor Bernie Carter, leading the research study for Edge Hill University, said: “I’m delighted DETECT has won this award as it is the first research study of its kind in the UK as an early warning system for children.
“This technology will have a real impact in supporting nursing care and will improve the detection and treatment of deterioration in children, preventing the need for admission to critical care.”
The study has been funded by a £1.25m grant awarded by the National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation (NIHR i4i) and is a collaborative study involving partners from The University of Liverpool, Lancaster University and the healthcare IT company System C.
Gerri Sefton, who heads up the project at Alder Hey, said: “We are delighted to have this recognition of the safety improvements that this study can bring for children admitted to hospital.
“This study uses proactive monitoring with real-time situation awareness and communication about the sickest children. SMART (Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology) devices with similar functionality to mobile phones support nurses and doctors to respond quickly so that sick children can be stabilised.”
On the awards night, Edge Hill University was also runner up in the Research Team of the Year category and Helen Hartley was runner up for Research Student of the Year.