Wireless environmental sensors in intensive care units pilot launched

5 December 2017

CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is working in partnership with Drayson Technologies to launch the first pilot of wireless environmental sensors in the intensive care units at, which will be installed at London’s prestigious Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The project, coordinated by Dr. Lawrence Petalidis, head of Innovation and Impact at CW+, in partnership with Drayson Technologies, will pilot Drayson’s wireless, temperature and carbon monoxide sensors in both the adult and neonatal intensive care units.

The sensors will allow for near real-time monitoring of room temperature and carbon monoxide concentrations, a metric of air quality, allowing doctors to react swiftly to subtle changes that could otherwise impact upon patient recovery. Carbon monoxide is a key indicator of air quality, and it is known that air pollution kills 40,000 people a year in the UK.

Drayson Technologies’ environmental sensors will feature throughout new adult and neonatal intensive care units, and enabling staff to monitor the environment. The pilot forms the first part of CW+’s plans to create a ‘sensor rich environment’ that is anticipated to have a significant impact on critically ill patients’ wellbeing and their recovery.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Drayson Technologies to pilot this technology in our intensive care units,” said Zoe Penn, medical director for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust of the new technology. “We want to create the best environment for healing and being able to monitor the environmental conditions in near real-time will be crucial in achieving this.” 

Lord Drayson, CEO of Drayson Technologies, said: “We are pleased to support this innovative pilot to help ensure the best possible environment for critically ill patients and their families at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.”

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