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Medical Treatments

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will assess the effects of using oesophageal doppler monitoring during surgery on (a) complications, (b) patient outcomes and (c) the length of hospital stay.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published medical technologies guidance in March 2011 on the CardioQ-ODM oesophageal doppler monitor. NICE considered the available evidence on the clinical benefits of oesophageal Doppler monitoring in developing its guidance. The guidance is available at:

The NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) implemented oesophageal doppler monitoring into clinical practice at three English hospitals and patient outcomes were compared in the 12 months before and after implementation. NTAC's case study “Oesophageal Doppler-guided fluid management during major surgery: reducing postoperative complications and bed days” is available at:

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