Automating pre-procedure fasting instruction

Aaron Conway, BN(Hons), PhD

Award: 2021 Compassion and AI Grant

  • Machine Learning
  • Nursing
  • Patient Experience

RBC Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing, University Health Network

Instructions about when to stop eating and drinking before a medical procedure are not usually updated to account for delays and rescheduling, so most patients go without eating or drinking for much longer than is required. Aaron will enable compassionate healthcare using digital technology integrated with AI by setting up a real-time instruction system. It will predict procedure start time and automate the instructions sent to patients about when they should stop eating or drinking before their procedure. This technological solution will improve the patient experience for the very large number of people undergoing medical and surgical procedures with sedation or anesthesia.