The British Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Anglia Ruskin University are pleased to be working together on an exciting piece of research. The Panorama ECG is a new, patented technology that was developed by Dr Aimen Hassani, a consultant anaesthetist, and Professor Claudio Zizzo, a professor of electronics. It presents the information from a twelve lead ECG as coloured areas on a picture of a heart on a computer monitor. The colours change from green showing a healthy region to red or blue showing areas of ST segment elevation or depression. This is done in real time for rapid diagnosis and to allow the response to treatment to be clearly seen.
Dr Nick Wilson, a consultant anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Clinical Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University said “We’re very proud of this new technology and our collaboration with the British Association of Critical Care Nurses. At the moment the device is a working prototype, running on a laptop, but the program could be used in all devices that are currently used to display twelve lead ECGs. It could therefore be used at all points in a patient’s journey, from pre-hospital care, through A&E, critical care, coronary care or theatres. A national study is ongoing in the pre-hospital setting. Our current study with the British Association of Critical Care Nurses is very exciting. It is the first national study to explore use of the device with pre-hospital personnel. If the device shows promise, this study could be the first step towards clinical trials of the device in the critical care setting.”
All members of the BACCN will receive an e-mail inviting them to take part in the study, with full details and a link to the questionnaire. The research has full ethical approval and participation is entirely anonymous. You will be asked to confirm your e-mail address at the start of the questionnaire, but this will only be used to check that you are eligible to enter the study and will be removed before the results are analysed.
Vanessa Gibson, Professional Advisor to BACCN and Senior Lecturer, Critical Care at Northumbria University, said
“the BACCN is delighted to be involved in this study. This new technology has a real potential to ensure ischaemic changes are noticed and acted upon at a really early stage. I would encourage members to participate in the study. It only takes a few minutes and I’m sure members will enjoy testing their ECG knowledge and finding out about the potential of this new technology”
You can contact the research team at PanoramaECG@hotmail.co.uk .