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Hospitals reducing mortality rates.

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POGS Wed 24-Sep-14 10:05:50

Just watched Sky News presenting a report from Coventry Hospital where it is being reported that patients lives have been saved, in the 100's. How?. They are basically now 'paper free' and patients notes are all reported on tablets.

The types of questions asked were, "Do you have any nausea', 'What level of pain do you feel out of 10". Whist that is normal questioning the fact the nurse does not have to write the information on a piece of paper which maybe gets lost, cannot be read correctly or has to be diagnosed and is subject to human interpretation the tablet gives a faster, more accurate response to the diagnosis and obviously quicker care needs can be put in place for the patient.

The cost is higher but I suppose that is debatable if patient care is being provided quicker and the need for intensive care does not follow at presumably a high price both financially and in staff time.

It mentioned only 2 hospitals using this system and it made total sense to me. Does anybody on GN know of another hospital using this system? . If so do you know the findings?

tanith Wed 24-Sep-14 11:22:14

I was reading this in the paper, apparently the device 'flags up' when there is a problem brewing which makes good sense. Maybe they will roll it out everywhere soon.

tanith Wed 24-Sep-14 11:22:32

Subject to funding of course.

Nonnie Wed 24-Sep-14 12:16:55

That sounds like something which should have been done a few years ago and I think would save time and money. I hope they continue with it.

Only a tiny link to the OP but we were at a show about 20 miles from Coventry the other day and the stand up comedian said he thought 50 Shades of Grey was a book about Coventry!

goldengirl Wed 24-Sep-14 15:56:15

Being a pessimist what happens when / if the technology throws a wobbly?

janeainsworth Wed 24-Sep-14 16:27:13

I'm a little sceptical too, Goldengirl.
A person does actually have to put the right information into the tablet in the first place and tick the right box.
Perhaps I'm a dinosaur too, but I worry that when doctors and nurses are taught to rely on instruments, they may not be taught in the same way how to observe clinical signs in their patients.