No. 5 Innovation: A Support System for Surgery (Video)

Real-time tech improves life-saving decisions

Surgeon in operating room

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 100 of its top experts about the innovations set to reshape healthcare in the coming year. These are their answers — the Top 10 Innovations for 2014.

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In the past, monitoring patients during surgery was relatively simple — a finger on the pulse and a blood pressure cuff.

However, advances in anesthesia have increased the amount of information recorded during surgery. The anesthetic record is now one of the most detailed accounts in all of medicine. It’s also highly complicated.

A new anesthesia management system aims to simplify this record and improve the decisions made in the operating room.

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Inspired by jet technology

Combining the latest in computer technology and microelectronics, the system produces a complete anesthesia record of events, drugs and procedures. It includes everything that happens before, during and after surgery.

Real-time patient data can help everyone in the operating room make on-the-fly decisions.

The real-time patient data it produces can help everyone in the operating room — from anesthesiologists to surgeons — make on-the-fly decisions to help patients. It also can reduce medical errors.

Designed by anesthesiologists, this system combines a couple of pieces of technology. The first part of the system gathers and records data such as heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate in real-time and displays it on one screen. The second part of the system— inspired by the integrated alert systems found in jet airplanes — allows doctors to document everything that they’re doing and coordinate workflows. It even alerts them when a patient is facing a potential problem that requires closer monitoring.

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