New iPad tech­nol­ogy to help keep pa­tients safe in hos­pi­tal

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

AF­TER the in­tro­duc­tion of award win­ning tech­nol­ogy, iPads are now be­ing used to help keep pa­tients safe at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

The cen­tre has be­come the first in the North West to in­tro­duce the state-ofthe-art Vi­talPAC sys­tem, which al­lows nurses at the hos­pi­tal to mon­i­tor a pa­tient’s health more eas­ily.

The new sys­tem is used from ad­mis­sion and through­out some­one’s stay, re­plac­ing the pa­per ob­ser­va­tions chart at the end of each bed.

Staff use the Ap­ple de­vice to record clin­i­cal data such as breath­ing rate, heart rate, tem­per­a­ture and blood pres­sure elec­tron­i­cally.

The move will free up nurses’ time and warn of any de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in pa­tient’s con­di­tions in­stan­ta­neously. It will also of­fer med­i­cal staff ad­vice on ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponses to an emer­gency.

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s med­i­cal direc­tor, Dr Rob Stead, said: “We are de­lighted to be one of the first trusts in the re­gion to in­tro­duce this tech­nol­ogy and firmly be­lieve it will in­crease pa­tient safety and im­prove ef­fi­ciency at the same time.

“It will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the time we pre­vi­ously had to spend iden­ti­fy­ing high-risk and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing pa­tients and means clin­i­cal staff will be able to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion.” The sys­tem also prompts nurs­ing staff when ob­ser­va­tions are due, en­sur­ing ob­ser­va­tions are com­pleted ac­cu­rately and on time.

Be­fore Vi­talPAC’s in­tro­duc­tion, hos­pi­tal staff had to use a man­ual, time-con­sum­ing pa­per­based sys­tem to record pa­tients’ vi­tal signs.

Peter Green­gross, med­i­cal direc­tor of the Learn­ing Clinic which in­vented Vi­talPAC, said: “I am de­lighted that Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal is pi­o­neer­ing the use of Vi­talPAC across the re­gion.

“It is a proven tool for im­prov­ing pa­tient care, re­duc­ing car­diac ar­rests, out­breaks of in­fec­tion and avoid­able deaths, and we look for­ward to work­ing with East Cheshire NHS Trust to en­sure they de­rive the full ben­e­fits from us­ing the sys­tem as it is rolled out across the hos­pi­tal.”

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