Paediatricians from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have won an award for treating hypothermia in newborn babies.
Dr Nallagonda, Dr Urs and Dr Sutthanantha were recognised in the Patient Safety category of the Healthcare Innovation Awards for their project, ‘WARM’, to help prevent and treat hypothermia in newborn babies.
The “WARM” project offers improved patient safety by reducing the incidence hypothermia in newborn babies which means they can go home from hospital sooner. The babies are also at less risk of developing complications such as Hypogycemia or respiratory distress and have fewer invasive procedures whie in hospital.
The project follows a number of steps for success which include educating health care staff in the awareness of hypothermia; making sure babies are in a warm environment with appropriate bedding and clothing; recording babies’ temperatures; making sure babies have skin to skin contact with their mum. Patient information leaflets and posters are also being developed to give parents greater understanding of hypothermia in babies.
The NHS Innovation Awards Ceremony was hosted by the BBC Look East presenter Stewart White on Wednesday 25th September at Girton College, Cambridge. Winners received a specially engraved trophy and where possible, will be supported by Health Enterprise East to progress their idea.
The Healthcare Innovation Awards are open to NHS staff in the East of England, North London and East Midlands to put forward ideas for products and services which will benefit patients. This year there were five categories: Patient Safety, Improved Dementia Care, Patient Dignity and Experience, Medical Technology and Assistive Technology.
Dr Anne Blackwood, Health Enterprise East Chief Executive said: “This is our eighth Annual Innovation Competition Awards and once again, we have been overwhelmed by the standard of entries we have received across five categories.
The NHS Innovation Awards Ceremony was hosted by the BBC Look East presenter Stewart White on Wednesday 25th September at Girton College, Cambridge. Winners received a specially engraved trophy.
Staff from Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust celebrate their Highly Commended award in the Health Enterprise East 2013 Innovation Competition, left to right: Dr Urs, BBC Look East presenter Stewart White and Dr Sutthanantha.