New case studies have shown that two NHS trusts are using technology to enhance patient safety, cut lengths of stay and identify patients who are risk of serious conditions.
The two case studies by NHS Improvement show that both the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation trust are using Patientrack to enhance better care.
Patientrack is used by nurses to capture patient vital signs and alert doctors when patients need urgent attention. It is an electronic vital signs system and features automated clinical alerts to help patients receive care when urgently needed.
The technology allows nurses to end their reliance on paper and instead use mobile devices to record vital signs information. The software automatically calculates an ‘early warning score’ to determine if patients need urgent care.
The Manchester trust is now looking at using Patientrack for diabetic patients, patients with sepsis and those on the end of life care pathway.
Staff at the Sussex trust are already using Patientrack to identify patients at risk of sepsis, as well as other deadly conditions such as acute kidney injury (AKI). Senior clinical staff at the trust have stated that the system has helped them identify which patients need the most urgent care.
The study at Sussex has shown the trust has captured large amounts of information to support further research in clinical risk. The study states: “Being able to identify patients at risk of deterioration early on and to collect large amounts of data with minimal effort, helped the trust to improve care through early intervention, as well as make significant contributions to scientific development in this area, to the benefit of the whole NHS.”
Patientrack managing director Donald Kennedy said: “NHS Improvement’s case studies show that NHS staff, armed with the right technology and support, can make a significant impact on vital areas such as managing deteriorating patients, allocating medical staff to those in most need, and enhancing patient flow.
“To see this work highlighted by NHS Improvement is testimony to the work put in by both trusts in successfully empowering frontline staff with technology that helps them deliver more effective and efficient care.”