An e-observations system at a northern trust has cut high-risk admissions, calls to the emergency team and time spent performing observations.
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust went live with Patientrack on mobile devices across 55 wards in January last year. In October, it deployed the system in its A&E department.
Patientrack is an e-observations technology that is used on iPads at the trust. Clinicians record vital signs and this information is used to calculate a patient’s early warning score.
Rowan Pritchard-Jones, consultant plastic reconstructive surgeon at the trust, told Digital Health News the technology was a “chance to harmonise everybody working in exactly the same way”.
“By automating something that was quite a clunky, albeit necessary, paper system, it’s driving that combination of both efficiency and most importantly, patient safety.”
Since deployment in inpatient wards in January last year, the high-risk admissions to the trust’s critical care unit fell from 10% to 5%. Calls to the medical emergency team has fallen by a fifth and there has been a two thirds reduction in time spent conducting observations.
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