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Hospital tablet computers cut nurse time by up to 30 per cent, study finds

A project to replace bedside paper charts with tablet computers in Oxfordshire’s NHS hospitals reduced the typical time taken to input patients’ vital signs by up to 30%, a study has found. The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) was developed by the University of Oxford for recording patient vital signs. A study of … Read more

New hope for shock patients in intensive care

Care for critically-ill patients with shock could be improved, it is hoped, after the first successful testing by University of Oxford scientists of a new machine to record oxygen consumption in real time. The new technology has arisen through a collaboration between Professor Peter Robbins in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Professors … Read more

Researchers target intensive care’s intensive noise problem

Researchers have been working with patients to study how to reduce noise in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Television presents one picture of an intensive care unit – dimmed lights, hushed voices and softly bleeping machines. The reality is that it’s more like a busy restaurant and frequently it’s noisy … Read more

Give blood pressure drugs to all at risk, study urges

Blood pressure-lowering drugs should be offered to all individuals at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke regardless of their blood pressure at the start of treatment, according to the largest meta-analysis conducted to date involving over 600,000 people, published in The Lancet. The authors call for an urgent revision of current blood … Read more

Tablet computing to improve patient safety comes to John Radcliffe Hospital

A project to replace bedside paper charts with “early warning” tablet computers to identify at risk patients at Oxfordshire acute hospitals is now being rolled out at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this week started to bring its System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) project to the Headington hospital. … Read more

Bedside computer project showcased at forum

The SEND team (left to right) Timothy Bonnici, Peter Watkinson, Soubera Rymell and Samuel Wilson A BRC-supported project to replace bedside paper charts with tablet computers at Oxfordshire hospitals was showcased at an event about innovation in healthcare. The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) was demonstrated to visitors at the “Innovation in the … Read more

New clinical trial to tackle hard-to-treat leukaemia

A new clinical trial at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital plans to study the safety of a new experimental drug to treat a form of leukaemia, called Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Acute myeloid leukaemia is the most common aggressive blood cancer and there are about 2,200 new cases in the UK each year. It can be hard … Read more

NIHR Annual Report recognises BRC

The work of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in driving research to benefit the NHS has been recognised in the 2014/15 Annual Report of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The report details the achievements of the NIHR – which funds research organisations across England, including the BRC – in the 2014/15 … Read more

Blood pressure linked to diabetes in major new study

High blood pressure sufferers have an almost 60 per cent greater chance of developing diabetes, according to a major global study. Study author Professor Kazem Rahimi said that in face of earlier conflicting and inconclusive reports, this study now reliably shows the connection between high blood pressure and diabetes and it could lead to new … Read more

Blog: 100,000 Genomes Project will help people for generations to come

By Dr Angela Hamblin, Molecular Diagnostic Research Fellow at the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre The wait is over! The Oxford NHS Genomic Medicine Centre is now the first centre in the country open to recruit patients with cancer into Genomics England’s 100,000 Genomes Project. This follows on from the successful start of enrolment of patients … Read more

Project brings Whole Genome Sequencing into the clinic

More than 10 years after the completion of the Human Genome Project doctors are a step closer to using whole genome sequencing to diagnose and treat patients with genetic diseases. This follows a study by researchers from the University of Oxford and the DNA sequencing company Illumina. Results from this ‘WGS500’ study, published in Nature … Read more