Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Peter Brooks has won an Innovation Award from the AAGBI (The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland) for providing the inspiration for RELAX Anaesthetics™, a tablet-based tool for distracting and calming children before anaesthesia. RELAX Anaesthetics™ was created by Imagineear working in a development and co-funding partnership with CW+, the health charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
RELAX Anaesthetics™ is already an NHS Innovation Challenge 2015 Acorn Award winner for small ideas that make a big difference to young patients and staff. It also saves clinicians’ time, reduces anaesthetic drugs costs and improves patient and parent experience. The tablet is also formulated to capture anonymised data on, for example, procedure lengths and types of intervention.
Peter, a Paediatric Anaesthetist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, made his presentation bid for the AAGBI Prize for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain 2016 at the Association’s Winter Scientific Meeting held in January 2016.
“I am delighted that the potential of this project has been recognised by the AAGBI Innovation Committee. I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Daisy Fancourt whose enthusiasm and support made the initial funding from CW+ possible. The Relax Anaesthetics™ tablet has been tested at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital by Dr Corina Lee and colleagues where it provides a better experience for anxious children and their families and is attracting interest from hospital trusts around the country.”
Dr Peter Brooks
“Surgical units in trusts and hospitals, as well as individual anaesthetists, are acquiring RELAX Anaesthetics™ and enthusiasm for it has built considerably throughout this year. We are delighted that Peter has gained acknowledgement for his idea.”
Clare Cooper-Hammond, Managing Director of Imagineear