NHS hospitals are using e-observation technology to help them comply with a new national early warning score known as News2.
NHS Trusts use Patientrack to help detect patient deterioration, as well as potentially deadly conditions such as sepsis and acute kidney injury. The system has helped hospitals improve safety by ensuring adherence to early warning and escalation procedures.
Patientrack allows staff to intervene early and hospitals have recorded reductions in adverse events, such as cardiac arrests. NHS Fife reported a two thirds reduction in cardiac arrests in one of its busiest hospital areas only months after implementing Patientrack.
NHS central bodies are now instructing acute hospitals and ambulance Trusts across England to fully adopt News2 for adult patients by March 2019. The initiative is intended to help hospitals improve the identification and management of sepsis and other serious conditions.
Now, Patientrack is working with NHS hospitals to quicken the adoption of News2, which was developed by NHS Improvement, NHS England and the Royal College of Physicians in 2017 to replace local approaches to early warning protocols.
By June 2018, Trusts are expected to identify actions required to ensure they comply with trust-wide adoption of News2 by the 2019 deadline.
Donald Kennedy, managing director at Patientrack, said: “We have started important work with our NHS customers to ensure the swift adoption of News2 in their organisations. Technology has shown to be a powerful way to make it easier for healthcare professionals to consistently use early warning scores in order to identify at risk patients, and to trigger necessary interventions.
“As we continue to work with hospitals where Patientrack is already implemented, to help make their News2 transition easy, we would welcome the opportunity to work with many more hospitals across the country. News2 is certainly about more than activating a piece of software, and requires user acceptance to be fully adopted. But digital technology has been proven to enhance the adoption, accuracy and effectiveness of early warning scores. This is also very much about sharing best practice, and we look forward to showing how hospitals using Patientrack are making progress.”