Epidural simulator shortlisted for THE award

L-R: PhD student Neil Vaughan, Professor Michael Wee and Dr Venky Dubey.A prestigious BU and Poole Hospital medical engineering project has been shortlisted for Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year in the 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

Dr Venky Dubey, Dr Neil Vaughan (Bournemouth University) and Professor Michael Wee (Poole Hospital) developed a prototype epidural simulator that will improve training for this delicate procedure. The team are now working with NHS Innovations South West Ltd., who develop and commercialise new innovative technology and train NHS Innovation Leaders. Their company mission is to enhance healthcare delivery. More information is available at www.NISW.co.uk

The device uses software to replicate epidural insertion, combining ultrasound and MRI images to assist epiduralists in determining the position of the needle.

Unlike existing epidural training technology this incorporates patient’s weight, height and BMI.  Coupled with a physical manikin, this is a realistic model for training. An accompanying training package helps users monitor their improvement

There is more information on this research project on the BU Research Webpages.

Congratulations to Venky, Neil and the Poole Hospital team for this achievement. We wish them luck for the awards ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

The award ceremony promises to be a spectacular event with over 1000 guests expected to attend, including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and university staff from all corners of the UK.

The full shortlist for all 18 categories is published in the latest issue of Times Higher Education, and is also available on the awards website.