Daily Work as the Inspiration
for the Future of Patient Monitoring

Dr. Paul McAndrew,
Consultant in Anesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine, Sunderland Royal Hospital

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“I think in the future, even now, the important thing for us as a hospital is that we treat our patients to the standard they would expect with the best outcome in a safe environment and as risk-free as possible. It’s the overall quality of care we provide when patients, particularly in the United Kingdom are going to be much more involved in their own healthcare and have access to their information. Trying those systems together by cooperating with medical device companies, such as Mindray is going to be very very important. It’s going to be a much more holistic approach to healthcare.”

Dr. Paul McAndrew is Deputy Medical Director for the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Trust and Consultant in Anesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine at Sunderland Royal Hospital, the location of an NHS intensive care facility. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK, Sunderland Royal Hospital has played a key role in treating infected patients, and its ICCU (Integrated Critical Care Unit), built in 2012, is an important part of its treatment strategy. The devices used in the ICCU were introduced by Dr. Paul McAndrew.

Located on the coastline of North East England, Sunderland is an important port city with a population of over 275,000. Since 2016, residents aged 65 and above in Sunderland have surpassed the younger generation in numbers. Like many other mid-sized cities in the UK, Sunderland is also facing increasing challenges associated with an aging population and increasingly complex demands on medical services. As the largest and most prestigious local hospital, Sunderland Royal Hospital has, for decades, provided a wide range of specialized medical services to around one million residents, a large proportion of whom are not locals. As an affiliated hospital of the University of Sunderland School of Medicine, Sunderland Royal Hospital has followed the university's rapid pace of development, becoming a healthcare institution characterized by youth and energy. As mentioned, a case in point is that in 2012, the hospital, adopting an innovative "modular" concept, built a new Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU).

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Regarding the construction of the ICCU, Dr. Paul McAndrew adhered to one overriding principle: Protecting patient privacy and minimizing the chances of cross-infections. Today, the newly built ICCU is divided into separate isolation wards, each ward equipped with two Mindray Bene Vision N series monitors, allowing for clear and timely feedback to be available at the bedside, corridor workstation, and central station. Doubtlessly, building such an ICCU is a courageous and innovative act, involving high risks and stringent demands. "Mindray's monitoring interconnection solution helps connect monitors in each ward so that we can see a patient's information from the central station, and identify and promptly address emergencies.", says Dr. Paul McAndrew.

"We build each separate ward, then embed them into the complete ICCU, and finally embed the whole new ICCU into this floor of the hospital building. " Dr. McAndrew explains. The new ICCU consists of 18 wards, serving more than 1,200 patients a year. When it comes to patient privacy and safety, we not only integrate this into the building concept, but also into the daily work of all our staff. says Dave McNicholas, Head Nurse of the ICCU. "To best protect patient privacy and dignity, each of our wards is equipped with an electric glass door. "

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"We also have a vision: to turn the clinical experience we have accumulated through cooperation with research and development into standardized auxiliary tools to help more doctors make more accurate diagnoses in the face of certain diseases.", says Paul. Today, he is working with Mindray's N series R&D team to develop these kinds of intelligent diagnostic decision-making tools.

As he talks about all this, he keeps searching on his computer for the pictures of him and Mindray's R&D team taken six or seven years ago. He clearly remembers each team member's name and personality, and earnestly asks me how they are doing. "I haven't seen my colleagues in Shenzhen HQ for a year or two and I am looking forward to going there again. " Now Dr. Paul McAndrew is looking to an even brighter future, where the long-standing partnership with Mindray continues to bring out more intelligent and cutting-edge technologies, helping UK medical service providers deliver more effective health management services.

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image 1 to image 3: Dr. Paul McAndrew and his team have long-term cooperation with Mindray in the field of R&D of patient monitoring, in order to improve the quality and efficiency of Sunderland Hospital and better serve local patients

image 4: The ICCU of Sunderland Hospital adopts independent isolation wards, and each ward is equipped with two Mindray BeneVision N series monitors