Breakthrough in paediatric monitoring system is the first in the UK
Two patients of Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital are the very first in the UK to receive a new
monitoring treatment, reducing their time in hospital unnecessarily
and the need for invasive surgery.
The Telemetric intracranial
pressure monitoring allows paediatric patients with cerebro spinal
fluid shunts suspected of malfunctioning to be monitored in their
own homes. The unobtrusive new technology reduces the amount of
time they have to stay in hospital, as well as providing more
accurate results over a longer period of time.
Recognised conventional monitoring of this problem has led to an
inconsistency in data collection which has led to some children
being unnecessarily admitted into hospital for potentially invasive
tests due to inconclusive findings.
This breakthrough in monitoring equipment will transform the way
that children with shunt problems will be treated.
Mr Roberto Ramirez, Paediatric Neurosurgeon Consultant at the
"We are delighted to be the first Trust in the UK offering this
new method of identifying problems with cerebral shunts, and are
confident that this be a weight off the minds of parents with
children who suffer from this problem.
"Not only does it reduce the cost and disruption associated with
an unnecessary stay in hospital, but it is unobtrusive,
uncomplicated, and most importantly, reliable.
"If left untreated shunt malfunctions can be life threatening,
and it is therefore essential that we are providing top class
services to identify and address this problem in our youngest
The new monitor has proven for these patients that hospital
admissions and invasive procedures were not required and a third
patient will shortly receive this treatment.
It is hoped in the future that the system can be rolled out to
other paediatric neurosurgical pathologies, enabling better
treatment and patient satisfaction.
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