Voices @ Research: Application of Non-Technical Skills (Human Factor) Principles in the Operating Theatre
Ms Loh Huey Peng, Assistant Director of Nursing, Operating Theatre, at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) is currently pursuing a part-time Doctoral of Philosophy studies at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS), and is investigating the application of Non-Technical Skills (NTS) training principles for clinicians in the operating theatre (OT) for her PhD. Her research focus is on situation awareness, a key component of NTS. Read her motivations behind this novel research area to improve patient safety in the OT, and the importance of human factors in healthcare.
SNEC, SERI and NUS Collaboration Develop AI System to Detect Three Major Eye Diseases
Annual screenings for diabetic patients to prevent vision loss will now be more efficient, accurate and cost effective thanks to the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system to accurately screen diabetic patients in multi-ethnic populations for Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), Glaucoma Suspect (GS) and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This AI diagnostic system, collaboration by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) in partnership with NUS School of Computing, is the first in the world with such capabilities. "With the AI system, results (for the screening) should be instantaneous and it can potentially reduce 80 percent of the workload of graders and optometrists, freeing up their time for treatment," said Prof Wong Tien Yin, Medical Director, SNEC and senior author.
Join Us at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Research Day 2018
Keen to gain insights from international research luminaries and discover the research capabilities at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre? Join us for the 3rd SingHealth Duke-NUS Research Day on 24 January 2018! Delegates can also cheer on the winners of Research Team Awards and Research Appreciation Awards, and enjoy a buffet lunch and fun-filled fringe activities.
NHCS Trial Seeks to Mend Weak Hearts with Stem Cells
National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), in partnership with French biotechnological firm CellProthera, has embarked on a new study that seeks to regenerate damaged heart tissue through an injection of the patients’ own stem cells. Assoc Professor Philip Wong, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, NHCS, shared that about one in three patients who suffer from a weakened heart may be helped by this regenerative therapy. Over the next year, 10 such patients would be recruited here in the early phases of a trial to test for the safety of stem cell therapy. CellProthera will provide the systems used to graft and multiply stem cells in this procedure.
SingHealth-A*STAR Ink Partnership to Advance Medical Research Across Three Frontiers
SingHealth and the Agency for
Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced a three-year strategic
research partnership to address prevalent diseases in Asian populations last Friday, 8
December. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) will focus on three new
collaboration areas: Smart Health for diabetes, innovations in immunotherapy
and drug development, and precision medicine. Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade
and Industry (Industry), witnessed the signing. "The scientific and
technical capabilities of A*Star's 18 research institutes will complement
SingHealth's extensive healthcare expertise and resources, to enable seamless
transition of cutting-edge healthcare discoveries and applications from bench
A study published by Singapore General Hospital (SGH) in the Singapore Medical Journal has found that those who learn a simplified form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can better remember what they have learnt and are arguably more effective in saving lives. This simplified CPR omits mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Instead, the foucs is on carrying out continuous chest compressions. "Mouth-to-mouth ventilation is technically more difficult than chest compressions, and some people don't like to do it because of hygiene reasons," A/Prof Lim Swee Han, Senior Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, SGH and lead researcher. Many were trained through the Dispatcher Assisted first Responder (DARE) programme by MOH's Unit for Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (UPEC), led by A/Prof Marcus Ong, Senior Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, SGH.