Innovation case studies
Beating Heart Coronary Surgery Technique
Cardiovascular disease is the UK's biggest killer and accounts
for almost half of all deaths. It kills more people each year than
all types of cancer combined.
The innovating Beating Heart surgery technique was developed at
the Bristol Heart Institute and has multiple benefits. It
significantly reduces the risk of post-operative morbidity, time in
intensive care and the length of hospital stay. It has fewer
post-surgery complications and is as safe as conventional surgery.
There is a 25% cost saving per patient treated and usage of the
technique is now 15-20% worldwide.
It was developed by Professor Gianni Angelini and Professor
Raimondo Ascione in partnership with the University of Bristol and
has been recognised by independent external sources with the
- 'Surgical Team of the Year Award' by Hospital Doctor 2005
- 'Cardiovascular Team of the Year' Runner Up Award by Hospital
- 'John Parker Gold Medal' by UK Society of Cardiothoracic
Doccom Communication Matters
Doccom is a cloud-based Enterprise Social Networking Platform
which allows healthcare professionals and their organisations to
communicate. The platform creates a social layer across a
healthcare organisation allowing healthcare professionals and the
care teams they are part of to work more efficiently. Organisations
benefit from rich business intelligence and insight into their
workforce and are able to solve major business problems related to
safety and efficiency through a series of applications that pick up
specific business problems.
Developed by Dr Jonathan Bloor and Dr Jonathan Shaw, this award
winning communications technology company solves problems resulting
from inefficient communications within healthcare
Patients frequently require assistance to sit up after having
scans, therapy or other treatment. Professionals providing
assistance are at risk of back and shoulder strain and injury.
Imaging and radiotherapy equipment is complex and sensitive and
traditional manual handling equipment can be unsuitable. Safe Sit
was created to overcome these challenges and is an innovative
solution to assist patients to sit up after therapy and scanning
Safe Sit is a sock-like device which can be slipped over the end
of a couch or treatment table. Handles are sewn in on a ladder
formation that allow the patient to pull themselves safely into a
sitting position. It is simple, quick to fit and remove and can be
used on CT, MRI & PET scanners as well as trolleys, stretchers,
beds, couches and even operating tables!
The product is designed to improve patient safety, comfort and
security. It minimises potential injury to the assisting healthcare
professional and is designed to be used several times by the
patient before disposal. It helps to reduce the spread of infection
and is a cost-effective solution to manual handling.
Designed and developed by Jane Bailey, an Oncology nurse at the
Trust, the patent was granted in 2009. It was further developed,
licensed and launched by Silvalea Ltd in 2010 and is now
commercialised and on sale in the UK and European markets.
Safe Sit is a registered trademark.