Birmingham Women’s Hospital in the running for innovation award for professor’s ground-breaking test

Written by on April 10, 2019

BIRMINGHAM Women’s Hospital could be in line for an Excellence in Technology and Innovation Accolade tomorrow after being shortlisted in the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Awards.

The ground-breaking PulseOx testing, which has helped save lives across the globe, was pioneered at the hospital by Professor Andrew Ewer and his team in collaboration with University of Birmingham.

The quick, simple, painless non-invasive test has helped to better diagnose serious congenital heart defects in newborn babies since 2011. It has enabled quicker treatment and saved lives.

The ground-breaking test monitors oxygen in the blood and is now used in many hospitals both in the UK and further afield.

The study, which involved 20,000 babies across the West Midlands, found the test was successful in diagnosing serious heart conditions developed in the womb, and other important conditions in newborn babies such as infections and breathing problems, that can go undetected during antenatal ultrasound scans and initial examinations.

Prof Ewer said: “A great deal of work has taken place in Birmingham, which has included many people committed to pulse oximetry screening, to show that this simple test does work and, most importantly, helps save the lives and reduce the long-term impact felt due to critical congenital heart defects and other serious conditions that may have gone previously undetected.

“Everyone involved here at Birmingham Women’s, which includes all of our families that have helped us, has made a real difference not just for the babies we care for, but for so many others across the globe.”

Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Research plays a vital role in improving services for our women and babies and it’s something that so important to us.

“I’m so proud that this life-saving test developed by our expert teams at our Women’s Hospital is having such a positive impact and I’m sure will continue to grow and help save countless more lives in the future.”

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