Success for Maternity Hospital project at Innovation Summit

Photographed at the HSE Spark Summit were Dr. Ahmed Lufti and Gar Mac Croista from Cork University Maternity Hospital, with the Innovation Award.

A pilot study on measuring blood loss during child birth developed by a team at Cork University Maternity Hospital is one of 12 projects recognised at the HSE Spark Innovation Summit held in Dublin last Thursday, for their contribution to promoting innovation in the health sector.

The study led by Dr Ahmed Lutfi at Cork University Maternity Hospital received the HSE Bright Spark Award for Best Industry Collaboration for the development of the Stryker Blood Quantification Technology (SBQT). Through collaboration with Stryker Instruments Innovation Centre in Cork, the team in CUMH developed a tool to help health professionals to quickly and accurately measure blood loss during birth.

The next phase of the project will involves using the SBQT to analyse birth fluids and create alerts for health professionals to quickly escalate care and initiate treatment for mothers if required. It’s believed that this technology has the potential to reduce the incidence of severe haemorrhaging during birth and reduce maternal blood transfusions.

During the Summit, the HSE Spark Innovation Programme, also outlined how the establishment of 6 new regional HSE design and innovation labs across the country could further improve patient and clinician experience, achieve better health outcomes, and reduce the cost of care. 

The HSE Spark Innovation Programme supports innovation across the health service by providing funding, mentorship, and access to design-thinking methodology.