The Technological Advances Driving Our Specialty Forward

Have you made us of these advances in tech?

We live in an age of constant technological evolution and adoption, one where we are constantly challenged as professionals to keep on top of our knowledge and ensure that we’re familiar with new equipment as it is released and integrated into our hospital systems. The way hospitals function has changed significantly over the last few decades, with new technology infiltrating our processes at every step of the patient’s journey.

Whilst this new technology established higher standards in the level of care that we are able to provide, there are greater demands for medical professionals to stay on top of their personal development to ensure that patients are given the best possible care.

Computer-controlled Anaesthesia Systems

You only have to look in your pocket to appreciate the huge steps forward that computers have taken in the course of the 21st century. Mobile phones (or smartphones as they’re known now) have transformed from simple bricks to powerful handheld devices that have become ubiquitous throughout the population, but they’re still archaic compared to the systems that are now installed in operating room anaesthesia machines. We all know how important our jobs are and we should be grateful that we have such powerful machines to assist us.

Modern AC-DC Power Supplies

Powerful machines demand modern power supplies and thankfully there’s been great progress in this field too. Companies from all around the world compete to design and manufacture the best AC-DC power supplies that not only get the job done, but so at peak efficiency. In the vast ecosystem of the 21st century hospital it’s important to remember that every facet of a product’s design will have an impact on a hospital’s end-line, so even the performance of a power supply unity will come under intense scrutiny especially when it’s performing such an important task.

Advanced Virtual Reality Training

Although this particular piece of technology has yet to fully work its way into all hospitals, virtual reality has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, enabling students to undertake a wide range of dangerous surgeries with 0% risk to human life. As these technologies further develop we’ll see the incorporation of more people into these VR operating rooms, offering staff members from all faculties to gain valuable experience before graduating onto real patients.

New Inhalational Anaesthetics

One of the greatest risks to patients’ lives has been the strength and dosage of anaesthesia agents, this is the great challenge that all anaesthetists face, thankfully modern formulas are making our job much easier. Whilst the needs of each patient will always be different from one another, the relatively recent introduction of sevoflurane along with target controlled infusion techniques have allowed us get on with the job at hand, whilst putting the patient into the desired state at an even quicker time than before.

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