No more hand­writ­ing la­bels for hi-tech nurses

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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

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