University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust have started to use mobile devices to record patient observations instead of writing them on paper charts.
The aim of the digital transformation is to improve efficiency and accuracy within the hospital. So far over 500 clinical staff members are using these devices as part of a digital revolution.
Appointment as Global Digital Exemplar enables UH Bristol to take up an intensive two-year programme of IT deployments at the Trust, designed to benefit patients and improve working practices.
Vitals e-observations system, which was previously known as Vitalpac, is being used to monitor and record a patient’s vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and temperature. The software automatically calculates the national early warning scores (NEWS), warning staff of patients whose condition is deteriorating.
Additional functionalities, including fluid management and in-dwelling device management, are now being made available. In the future, options such as assessments for dementia, sepsis, alcohol intake, the risk of blood clots, and acute kidney injuries will be introduced.
More than 30 NHS Trusts across England are using the software and the benefits include a significant reduction in cardiac arrests, mortality and hospital length of stay.
University Hospital Bristol is working in partnership with System C on 20 major projects and many smaller ones, focusing on improving the overall health of the population, improving patient interactions, reducing deviations in care and improving efficiency.
Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) consultant on general intensive care unit (ICU) Chris Bourdeaux said: “It has been so impressive to see how quickly staff have picked up and adopted the Vitals software. The benefits in terms of patient care have already started feeding through, and at a time of year when hospitals are particularly busy.”
All medical and surgical inpatient wards across the Trust will begin using the software over the next three months.