Initial tests carried out by the PAMB at Mannheim University Hospital in the Hybrid-OP, an experimental operating theater, have been successful. In the next step, the project partners will construct a fully functioning demonstrator in the Hybrid-OP and further develop the communication system together.
Likelihood of speech impediments will fall
Therefore, it will not be too long before patients will be able to relax to their favorite music on the operating table, completely undisturbed by the background noises. Every now and again, the speech therapist will tune in, pause the music and carry out a few tests. Because the speech therapist will also be largely isolated from the background noise, they will be able to easily pick up on the slightest speech impediments. They will then be able to switch communication channel to the surgeon and share their findings.
Relatives of the patient, interpreters and other external helpers can all be involved in the communication if necessary. Because everything is recorded, the speech therapist is able to carry out a review afterwards and draw conclusions – these can then be applied to the next awake craniotomy. As a result, it will become increasingly less likely that a patient will be left to contend with a lasting speech impediment.
About the work group "Musik & Medizin(-technologie)"
In 2016, the promotional center for business Startup Mannheim established the work group "Musik & Medizin(-technologie)" in order to foster understanding of and promote knowledge transfer between the two industries. In addition to the Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB, Mannheim University Hospital, Startup Mannheim and three businesses from the music industry (SPL electronics GmbH, Session pro GmbH and inEar Monitoring GmbH & Co. KG) are also all involved.
About the Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB
Fraunhofer IPA's Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB at the University of Heidelberg's Mannheim University Hospital was established by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and the Fraunhofer Group to unlock automation potential in medicine and biotechnology. Five interdisciplinary groups work at the intersections of diagnosis, therapy, laboratory and production, making this the first prominent establishment with this distinct focus. The project group is located in the CUBEX41 at Mannheim University Hospital.