No more handwriting labels for hi-tech nurses
Nurses and medical staff have swapped pen and ink for new electronic labelling technology for blood samples in a bid to boost patient safety and efficiency.
East Kent NHS Trust (EKHUFT) bosses have introduced the new technology at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford as part of a pilot initiative.
The bedside technology prints labels directly from a patient’s identity wristband, and helps to save 10 minutes on average compared to writing the labels by hand.
It also reduces the possibility of errors or samples being rejected due to unclear labelling.
The equipment used is an iPod with a scanner attached, and attaches to a handheld printer using Bluetooth wireless connections.
East Kent NHS blood transfusion coordinator Angela Green said: “Labelling is carried out at the bedside with the patient, and staff no longer have to find a surface to lean on to hand-write multiple details onto small bottles.”
The technology is set to be rolled out across all of the trust’s sites this year.
Hospital staff at William Harvey are using new electronic labelling technology for blood samples