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Title: Adaptive control and identification for on-line drug infusion in anaesthesia
Author: Mahfouf, Mahdi
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 1992
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Anaesthesia is that part of the medical science profession which ensures that the patient's body is insensitive to pain and possibly other stimuli during surgical operations. It includes muscle relaxation (paralysis) and unconsciousness, both conditions being crucial for the operating surgeon. Maintaining a steady level of muscle relaxation as well as an acceptable depth of anaesthesia (unconsciousness), while keeping the dosage of administered drugs which induce those effects at a minimum level, have successfully been achieved using automatic control. Fixed gain controllers such as P, PI, and PID strategies can perform well when used in clinical therapy and under certain conditions but on the other hand can lead to poor performances because of the large variability between subjects. This is the reason which led to the consideration of adaptive control techniques which seemed to overcome such problems. Two control strategies falling into the above scheme and including the two newly developed techniques, i.e Proportional-Integral-Plus (PIP) control algorithm, and Generalized Predictive Control algorithm (GPC), are considered under extensive simulation studies using the muscle relaxation process associated with two drugs known as Pancuronium-Bromide and Atracurium. Both models exhibit severe non-linearities as well as time-varying dynamics and delays. Only the strategy corresponding to the GPC algorithm is retained for implementation on a 380Z disk-based microcomputer system, while the muscle relaxation process corresponding to either drugs is simulated on a VIDAC 336 analogue computer. The sensitivity of the algorithm is investigated when patient-to-patient parameter variability is evoked. The study is seen to provide the necessary basis for future clinical implementation of the scheme. Following the satisfactory results obtained under such a real-time environment, the self-adaptive GPC algorithm has been successfully applied in theatre to control Atracurium infusion on humans during surgery. This success later motivated further research work in which simultaneous control of muscle relaxation and anaesthesia (unconsciousness) was achieved. A good multivariable model has been derived and controlled via the multivariable version of the SISO GPC algorithm. The results obtained are very encouraging.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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