New equipment presented

The Friends present the equipment
The Friends present the equipment

A new piece of equipment which measures the heart rhythms of patients has been donated to the Conquest.

The Friends of Conquest Hospital presented the device to the hospital last week.

It helps clinicians accurately position Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC lines), and the equipment, called Nautilus, provides accurate electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, meaning the patient no longer needs an X-ray to check the catheter is in the correct position.

An ECG is commonly used to detect abnormal heart rhythms and to investigate the cause of chest pains. A PICC line is an intravenous access device inserted by a specially trained doctor or nurse into a patient’s upper arm vein.

Patients who require long-term intravenous antibiotics, chemotherapy or specialist feeds can benefit from having one, with the line lasting for up to a year if required and also being used for blood test taking if needed as well.

Insertion is usually done on the ward by the IV team and previously a chest X-ray was required to confirm the location of the PICC tip, to ensure that it was okay and safe to use.

Raymund Daquiz, intravenous team lead, said: “We are very grateful to the Friends of Conquest Hospital for their generosity in purchasing the Nautilus machine. This new device uses ECG monitoring to accurately map the tip position of a PICC line during placement into a patient’s chest. This means that the catheter is positioned accurately every time and also means patients no longer need to have an X-ray to check the catheter’s position - enabling the PICC line to be used straight away, thus reducing delays in treatment.”

Bill Hamilton, from the Friends, said: “We are pleased to be able to fund this new device. The good thing for patients is they will no longer need an X-ray to check their catheter is in the correct position.”