Dr Sng Ban Leong, Senior Consultant, Dept of Women's Anaesthesiology, KKH
A majority of pregnant women may require
anaesthetic care at some point of their journey, be it epidural analgesia for
labour or for Caesarean deliveries. At the Department of Women’s Anaesthesia,
Dr Sng and his colleagues work together for better patient care, for example,
through research and innovations to minimise pain for women in labour and
One of his proudest achievements was the
development of a labour epidural analgesia system, known as EPIVA, in
partnership with a medical device start-up company. Through a proprietary
algorithm developed by KKH, the device features an interactive technology that
can administer the optimal amount of analgesia tailored to the patient’s needs,
to create a more comfortable birthing experience for the mother while
safeguarding maternal and foetal well-being. 25 units of the EPIVA pump are
currently in routine use at KKH. More than 12,000 women in labour have
benefitted from EPIVA so far.
Dr Sng is also the Academic Vice-Chair
(Research) in the Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Sciences Academic Clinical
Programme and had been awarded the National Medical Research Council Transition
Award and Clinician Scientist Award for Research in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
“What keeps me going is knowing that in
our work, whether through direct patient care, in education or research, we are
contributing to better patient care now and in the future,” he said.
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