Scan­ning tech will as­sist sur­geons

Sunday Express - - BREXIT BRITAIN VOTE -

THE BAR­CODE scan­ning tech­nol­ogy is to be used in rou­tine op­er­a­tions for the first time, in a bid to re­duce hu­man er­ror.

Next month Ply­mouth NHS Trust will launch its the­atre pilot scheme.

Derby Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust has also been us­ing the tech­nol­ogy to re­duce the num­ber of in­cor­rect or­thopaedic trans­plants.

Pa­tients are given a unique wrist­band when they en­ter hospi­tal as well as one to record the equip­ment used on them.

Each code is scanned to show which staff mem­ber ad­min­is­tered treat­ment, at what time and where.

This means parts used in ma­jor surgery, such as screws in a knee op­er­a­tion or breast im­plants, could be eas­ily traced if faults are found years later.

It would re­duce the chance of the wrong implant be­ing placed into the pa­tient, such as a left hip joint into a right hip.

In 2016-17 there were

189 cases of “wrong site” surgery in NHS op­er­at­ing the­atres.

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