Date of release: Friday 20th June, 2014
SafeHands – the unique high-tech patient safety system used by New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton – has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. It has been named as a finalist at the Patient Safety Care Awards 2014.
The system uses infra-red beacons and virtual walls throughout the hospital to monitor locations of electronic badges distributed to 4,000 clinical staff, all in-patients and attached to nearly 1,300 pieces of equipment.
Patients can be precisely located in just five seconds and the system issues audible alerts if a patient leaves a ward unaccompanied or is in an isolated area like a toilet for longer than 20 minutes.
This is significantly reducing the number of “at risk” patients walking off alone, helping staff keep patients safe and reducing the calls made to security.
Real time information from every badge is displayed on big touch screens located across the site and computer monitors. The badges also allow staff to monitor their own hand hygiene compliance before and after patient care and the screens help with discharge planning and staffing levels.
SafeHands Programme Manager Clare Nash said: “We’re delighted our pioneering technological system, which helps us keep patients safe, is being recognised.
“It’s the biggest of its kind in any hospital in the world and is a revolutionary step forward in health care. Every time equipment is moved, a patient leaves a ward, or a staff member washes their hands, the system knows.
“It also makes the hospital more efficient because there is no longer a need to walk around looking for equipment or checking if tasks have been done. This gives carers more time to spend with patients.”
Chief Nurse Cheryl Etches said: “I now have access to so much information about patient safety and experience issues. The potential this system offers is phenomenal and can fundamentally underpin the operating framework of our organisation.”
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will find out if it has won the Technology and IT To Improve Patient Safety category when the Patient Safety Care Awards 2014 take place at the Grosvenor House hotel in London on July 15.
For more information, contact Clare Nash on 01902 307999 Ext. 8127 or email email@example.com
NOTES: SafeHands is a part Government-funded project using Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) technology to improve staff compliance with hand washing to reduce the incidence of hospitalacquired infection.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has further developed it in conjunction with its partner, Tele Tracking Technologies Inc.