Anetic Aid to highlight the concept and benefits of day surgery at
11 Nov 2010
UK manufacturer Anetic Aid Ltd will demonstrate the
benefits of day surgery at MEDICA 2010, an approach to treatment which
has transformed working practices in the UK’s NHS
In the UK, day surgery has been one of the key strategies used to
modernise the NHS — addressing the need to reduce waiting times,
improve cost efficiency, and most importantly make health services
more patient centred.
True day surgery is the admission of a patient to hospital for a
planned surgical procedure requiring full operating theatre
facilities and/or a general anaesthetic, who returns home on the
same day. In other words they are cases which would not be
considered as traditional outpatient activity.
The benefits of this increasingly popular approach to treatment
apply anywhere in the world:
- patients receive the appropriate treatment and are able to
recover in their own homes. Cancellation of surgery due to
emergency pressures in a dedicated day surgery unit is unlikely
and the risk of hospital acquired infection is reduced;
- clinicians are able to provide high quality care for
appropriate patients, releasing inpatient beds for more major
- hospitals improve their throughput of patients and reduce
waiting lists and costs.
In response to this and with the aim of maximising the benefits,
hospital equipment designers such as Anetic Aid Ltd have focused
time and energy on producing equipment systems that combine the
capabilities of a patient transport trolley and an operating table.
Guy Schofield, Managing Director of the company’s manufacturing
operation in Portsmouth explained: “The challenge for us as
manufacturers was to combine the manoeuvrability of a trolley with
the key attributes of an operating table.
“One of the most important of these is access, both for the
surgeon and for X-ray/ imaging. In designing our most recent powered
model of the QA4 Day Surgery System, we have a traversing top giving
100% C-arm access. This was easily the most difficult thing to
achieve in engineering terms, and we are particularly pleased with
the results because the equipment offers complete stability for a
patient weighing up to 250kg — even when the top is fully extended.”
This enhanced weight capacity is also a significant factor for
lifting and handling considerations. In a traditional operating
scenario, a patient would be admitted to a ward where they would get
into a bed — before being transferred to a trolley to be wheeled
into the operating theatre and transferred to the operating table.
After the operation, the whole process would be reversed — meaning
the patient would need to be transferred between equipment four
Both the powered QA4 (P) and a lighter manual version, the QA4
(M) remove the need for any such physical transfer of the patient.
MEDICA is taking place on 17 - 20 November 2010 at the
Messe Düsseldorf, Germany. Anetic Aid will be located in Hall 14,