Longhand in the Press
Outstanding research impact winner: King's College London
(WEB - Woundcare for Epidermolysis Bullosa Project)
28th February 2013
Doctors, academics, a fashion designer, a knitwear factory and digital pen and data processing company are about
as diverse an alliance as you're likely to get working on a medical research project.
In the case of WEB (Woundcare for Epidermolysis Bullosa) run by King's College London, there were two other
vital research collaborators: people suffering from the genetic condition Epidemolysis Bullosa, which causes fragile skin
leading to open wounds which can cover the entire body, and their carers.
The project, explains Dr Patricia Grocott, addresses "the problems that arise when pre-sized and shaped dressings, designed to cover individual wounds, are patchworked across extensive wounds and secured with layers of bandages."
The King's research team knew that the practical day-to-day difficulties of living with EB meant they could not intrude too much on the time of those helping with the project, but they also knew that direct and ongoing testimony about the experience of using the prototypes - as well as those who manufactured them - would be crucial as they strove to develop the best product possible. As a result, the experiences of people who tested out the designs in their various stages were captured by videoing and interviewing patients, as well as soliciting the views of carers who assisted with the dressing changes. To facilitate real time feedback as patients started to use the new product - and speed up design adjustments as the project progressed - a digital pen and paper data capture system was designed for use by users and carers.
From their accounts of what worked and what didn't, the designers, academics and textile technicians refined their product to develop the most sophisticated body wrap dressing system that has ever been available.
Initially, the product they came up replaced the bandage layer (Skinnies-WEB™). This gave people with EB greater ease of movement and meant dressing changes took far less time, reducing the burden of living with extensive wounds. Work is now in progress to develop a new type of more absorbent and less bulky dressing layer to go underneath.
As well as the immediate benefits for people suffering from EB, patients with other conditions that result in extensive wounds may also benefit, as projects with Great Ormond St Hospital, the Institute of Dermatology London, the palliative care team at Guys and St Thomas's, and Woundcare4Heroes start to get underway.
A model of user engagement in medical device design has now been rigorously tested, and not only have existing EB patients benefited, with more innovations in the pipeline - there are plans to create a bespoke glove service which will stop webbing between fingers - but five UK companies who collaborated with King's now have new business opportunities as a result of the research
MediLink Innovations Award winner
9th November 2011
A NORTH Yorkshire technology company was rewarded for its innovation at the Medilink Healthcare Business Awards 2011, held at the National Railway Museum. Longhand Data Ltd, based at Welburn Business Park, between York and Malton, provides data collection services for healthcare providers using digital paper technology and digital pens to enter data. It won the Medipex Partnership with the NHS award at the regional awards for the healthcare industry. Each winner will now be automatically shortlisted for the national Medilink UK awards which will take place in early 2012.
Medipex NHS Innovations Award winner
23rd September 2011
Now in their seventh year, the Awards recognise NHS staff members across the Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands regions who have developed innovative ideas to improve patient care.
Two hundred people from across the NHS and medical technology industry attended the Awards, hosted at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield. The annual competition forms a key part of Medipex's work to promote innovation within the NHS, helping innovators to develop their ideas and linking medical technology companies with clinical staff to facilitate product development and clinical trials.
Software and Telehealth category winner
A team led by Kathryn Vowden of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Brenda King of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their work developing a telewound management service in collaboration with Longhand Data Ltd and ADL Smartcare. The service allows them to remotely assess the status of wounds being managed in the community, either by district nurses or care home staff, and to provide an intervention only when really necessary, allowing efficiencies in time management and early intervention in cases where wound deterioration is detected early thorough the monitoring system. Although the service is still in its evaluation phase, a number of hospital admissions have already been avoided and more appropriate dressings used to accelerate the rate of wound healing.
TELER in Wounds International
9th September 2011
Clinical note-making and patient outcome measures using TELER
This paper describes the advances in the TELER system of clinical note-making and patient outcome measurements, including the new digital pen and paper format.
Download the paper in PDF format
Source: View on Wounds International
Telewound Management - BradfordAt the Wound Healing Unit, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Longhand Data and O2 Health are involved in a trial with 30 nursing homes. Half the homes will provide their normal care. The other half will see nurses record symptoms using digital pens and use mobile phones to take pictures of wounds and upload them securely to an NHS server. Specialist nurses will study the photos and information. Then they phone or email their counterparts in the homes with instructions for treatment.
It's a screening method to decide whether patients need to see a GP or go to hospital. It's also a way to pick up problems early, avoid complications later, monitor patients over time and help them recover faster.
Source: O2 website
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