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21 April 2015 - Toumaz Limited, a pioneer in low-power, wireless semiconductor technologies for healthcare, announces that SensiumVitals® is to be trialled by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

Toumaz Limited (AIM: TMZ, ‘Toumaz’, or the ‘Group’), a pioneer in low-power, wireless semiconductor technologies for healthcare and digital audio, announces that SensiumVitals®, its wearable vital signs monitoring system, is being trialled by St James’s University Hospital, part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT).  The trial is being conducted by researchers funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS. 

SensiumVitals® is a wireless system which takes readings of heart rate, respiration and temperature every two minutes with the data sent wirelessly to clinicians via hospital IT systems.

These early warnings enable staff to respond more quickly to deteriorations in a patient’s condition - improving patient safety, reducing the need for more expensive treatments and shortening hospital stays. 

The trial is being led by Professor David Jayne, Professor of Surgery at St James’s, and will investigate the clinical benefits of the system, its health economic impact and the patients’ perspective.  

The system is initially being used in two colorectal surgery wards to monitor patients following major abdominal surgery. 

SensiumVitals® has been installed and fully integrated with the hospital’s IT systems. The trial is expected to last about six months.

 

Anthony Sethill, CEO of Toumaz Group, said:

 

“This trial with St James’s, one of the UK’s most highly regarded hospitals, is an important step forward for SensiumVitals®. Working with the hospital’s team, our aim is to demonstrate that the system improves patient care, shortens hospital stays and reduces healthcare costs.”

 

Professor David Jayne, Professor of Surgery and Clinical Director for the NIHR-funded Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technologies Cooperative (HTC), St James’s University Hospital, said:

 

”Post-surgery, patients’ health can deteriorate rapidly.  In these circumstances, it is important that clinicians are able to intervene as quickly as possible. The SensiumVitals® wireless monitoring system has the potential to play an important role in improving patient care in this area.

 

“The SensiumVitals® system will be compared with standard hospital monitoring to determine if it allows earlier detection of post-operative complications. If successful, the project will inform larger studies involving the SensiumVitals®technology throughout the NHS.”

 

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, said:

 

“This latest trial has the potential to bring huge benefits to patients and staff and highlights why the NHS is the ideal place to test new digital technologies. We are committed to supporting new medical innovations which is why we invest £1 billion a year in the National Institute for Health Research, helping to introduce the latest innovations into the healthcare system as quickly as possible.”

 

Enquiries:

 

Toumaz Limited

+44 (0)20 7391 0630

Anthony Sethill, Chief Executive Officer

 

Jonathan Apps, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Instinctif Partners

+44 (0)20 7457 2020

Adrian Duffield/Lauren Foster

 

 

About SensiumVitals®

SensiumVitals® is an ultra-low power system for wireless monitoring of patient vital signs. Readings are taken every two minutes and the data is sent wirelessly and securely to clinicians via hospital IT systems. 

 

The key benefit of SensiumVitals® is to provide clinicians with timely warnings of patient deterioration. This allows them to make earlier interventions, which in turn leads to shorter stays in hospital and lower healthcare costs.

 

The system also enables patients to be monitored whilst moving around freely within the hospital – a further factor in aiding swift recovery.  The system is currently used in general wards and Accident & Emergency patient waiting areas – with future potential for broader hospital and in-home applications.

 

About Toumaz (www.toumaz.com)

Toumaz Limited is a pioneer in low-power, wireless semiconductor and software technologies for healthcare and consumer audio. The company has two divisions, Sensium Healthcare and Frontier Silicon. Sensium Healthcare develops wireless solutions for patient monitoring. Frontier Silicon provides chips, modules and software for digital radio and connected audio devices.

About Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), providing clinical services to nearly 800,000 patients every year. It is recognised as one of the leading hospitals in Europe with an international reputation for quality of care, informatics/IT, clinical training and research. It is a regional centre for cancer, trauma, renal dialysis, burns and plastics, and has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. The Trust has the largest kidney programme in the UK, is a major specialist centre for burns and plastic surgery, and neurosciences, and has a specialist cancer centre.  UHB provides a series of highly specialist cardiac, liver, oncology and neurosurgery services to patients from across the UK. QEHB is world-renowned for its trauma care and has developed pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries, including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. As a result of its clinical expertise in treating trauma patients and military casualties, QEHB has been designated both a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s only £20m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).

About Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is the official charity of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  The charity’s mission is to see an improvement in the health and wellbeing of the community through the services provided by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and to improve the experiences of all the people who use the Trust’s hospitals in any capacity.  Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity supports medical and health research and encourages excellence in healthcare for patients and carers, wholly or mainly through the services provided by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

 

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