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How do you decide if new equipment will benefit patients?

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New equipment is constantly being developed and health care professionals have to consider whether products will be beneficial for patients and are cost effective.

Key points

  • There are complications and risks associated with traditional chest drainage systems
  • Digital drainage systems offer more accurate monitoring and a more scientific rationale for removal
  • Patient mobility is also improved due to the light weight of the drains
  • Using digital drainage systems after thoracic surgery is becoming accepted as a safe method for draining air and pleural fluid
  • Other patient groups may also benefit from digital drains

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  • What questions would you ask about a new product before using it with patients?
  • How would you conduct a trial of a new product?
  • How would you involve patients in trialling new equipment?
  • How should you work with manufacturers and suppliers when you are considering new equipment?
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