Respiratory and Sleep Drop-In Workshop

Thursday 09 September 2021

On 08 September 2021, NIHR CYP MedTech and Sheffield Children’s Respiratory/Sleep Team hosted a drop-in workshop.

The purpose of the workshop was to find out what health professionals think about three novel respiratory products for children and young people that are currently in development at Sheffield Hallam University, including: an apnoea monitor, an infrared device to monitor respiration, and a chest sensor to monitor sleep apnoea. The product inventors demonstrated how the prototypes worked and asked attendees for their opinions.

The workshop was well attended by health professionals from various roles, including Consultants, Physiologists, Specialist Nurses, Paediatric Research Officers, Administration Staff, and a Senior Assistant Technical Officer.

The event provided significant feedback that will enable the inventors to modify their products to best suit the needs of clinical teams. Feedback sought from attendees included advantages of the products over other methods currently available, additional features that should be included in future iterations of the products, limitations and shortcomings of the products, and an indication of whether teams would use the products in their services.

NIHR CYP MedTech and Sheffield Children’s Respiratory/Sleep Team are also seeking feedback from parents/carers over the coming weeks.