New iPad technology to help keep patients safe in hospital
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.”