Grant Kruger (left), Albert Shih (right)
Recently, at the International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies (CCCT 2010), Research Investigator Grant Kruger and ME Professor Albert Shih received a Best Paper award, for their paper “Reactive Agent and Visualization System for Anesthesia Support in the Operating Room.”
Grant Kruger is a Research Investigator for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Albert Shih resides as a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at the University of Michigan, along with sitting as an Associate Director of the Medical Innovation Center. Additionally, Kevin Tremper and James M. Blum from the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, and Chao Chen from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University worked in conjunction on the paper.
The CCCT is an international conference that brings together researchers, developers, practitioners, consultants and users of computer, communications and control technologies, with the aim to serve as a forum to present current and future work, solutions and problems in these fields. The conferences are a yearly event with the intent of serving as contact point for those working in these fields, to exchange ideas and innovations in these fields.
Kruger and Shih’s paper related to how information overload of the anesthesiologist from technology advances can threaten the safety of patients. A novel reactive agent and visualization system was developed that collects relevant monitoring parameters in anesthesia and displays them as vivid animation. Even among highly trained clinicians, deviations in patient care exist and here is where the system may improve patient care.