An app designed by Nice Ormond Avenue Hospital workers that replaces the normal clipboard on the finish of sufferers’ beds has saved 1000’s of nursing hours and been hailed as a pioneering use of expertise.
Developed by GOSH medical web site practitioner and nurse Sarah Newcombe, the app permits workers to enter the very important indicators of as much as 350 sufferers utilizing handheld units somewhat than with pen and paper.
The system generates automated alerts to related specialist groups on the hospital if sufferers present indicators of degradation.
It additionally permits workers to speak immediately with one another, and crucially they don’t want to depart the bedside in the event that they require assist with acutely unwell sufferers.
Ms Newcombe instructed Sky Information the app had proved notably helpful on evening shifts, when decreased workers need to cowl a number of websites, and it was not beforehand attainable to establish the sickest sufferers with out finishing up a full ward spherical.
“Very often now we have as much as 350 youngsters underneath our care and the thought took place, notably from out of hours at evening, once we weren’t positive or capable of establish the place our sicker sufferers had been,” she stated.
“The advantages now we have seen following the implementation of this new system are good.
“It has actually helped us to enhance the visibility of our sufferers and the response occasions of clinicians. It has additionally saved 1000’s of nursing hours per 12 months, and has delivered greater than 50,000 youngsters’s ‘Early Warning Rating’ alerts per 12 months.”
The NHS has been criticised for failing to undertake new applied sciences quick sufficient, and it and the Division of Well being have a patchy document in implementing and defending IT methods.
Bespoke apps just like the one developed at Nice Ormond Avenue are more and more frequent nevertheless, and the NHS, with the assist of unions, is searching for to make their use a central a part of nurse coaching.
With a nationwide scarcity of round 40,000 nurses it’s hoped they are going to assist scale back the period of time spent on administrative duties and enhance the time spent with sufferers.
Caron Swinscoe, medical lead for nursing at NHS Digital, stated: “I completely consider folks cannot work more durable and quicker anymore.
“What now we have bought to do is equip them with the instruments to have the ability to launch time spent on admin and completely different items of labor to spend time on sufferers.
“The best present you can provide a clinician is extra time to spend with sufferers.”