The leading independent provider of neurophysiology tests for the NHS, Bespoke Healthcare has established the first dedicated Intraoperative Monitoring (IOM) service in the UK with the launch of a new division.
The company has cited an unprecedented rise in demand during the last six months as the importance of monitoring gains prominence with surgeons looking to improve patient treatment and minimise risks during complex spine surgery.
In September, Bespoke Healthcare appointed highly specialised Clinical Physiologist in Neurophysiology, Lindsay Henderson on a consultancy basis and revealed it had successfully carried out IOM in over 150 operations from April 2010 to September 2011.
Mushtaq Shaikh, Head of IOM at Bespoke Healthcare, said:
“Over the last six months the booking numbers have increased exponentially to an average of eight to 10 per week, and the feedback from the market indicates that this figure will grow still further.
We have in place the staff, technical expertise, equipment and correct legal documentation to deal with the rise in demand, and all the feedback from surgeons has been nothing but positive.
It must always be remembered that IOM not only protects a hospital from possible litigation, it allows the performing surgeon to be more precise during surgery, allowing access to areas of the body that would remain untouched if the concern of paralysis was present.
From the perspective of both patient care and finance, the benefits of spinal operations with IOM are crystal-clear.”
Healthcare establishments including Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital, Hope Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have all commissioned the service, which provides surgeons with immediate feedback and warnings before permanent nerve injury has occurred.
Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEPs), Transcranial Electrical Motor Evoked Potential (TcMEP or MEP) and Electromyography (EMG) techniques have all been utilised, dependent upon the patients’ individual circumstances.
Founded in 2006, Bespoke Healthcare has seen over 20,000 patients for leading healthcare establishments nationwide including Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.