Hospitals are being offered trials of camera technology developed for slaughterhouses that would see nursing practice monitored remotely from centres in other countries.
US company Arrowsight has approached a trust in the North West about trialling a system that will see patient safety basics, like hand hygiene and the turning of patients at risk of pressure ulcers, monitored by cameras.
Footage would be transmitted to centres in Alabama in the US, or Visakhapatnam and Chennai in India where teams would relay back live information on rates of good practice compliance.
The firm has spoken to Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust about trialling the technology. However, the trust has confirmed to Nursing Times it would need to consider legal and information governance issues, and also consult with staff and patients, before considering any proposal to try out the system.
Arrowsight chief executive Adam Aronson said the company developed the technology when it worked with the US beef industry to try and improve slaughterhouse techniques – specifically the part of the process where the cow hide is removed, during which contamination of the meat is a particular risk.
Mr Aronson told Nursing Times he had been prompted to investigate using the technology in the healthcare market after two members of his own family acquired infections in hospital.
The Royal Liverpool already has a good record with infection control, with recent figures showing its MRSA and C. difficile rates have fallen by over 80% over the past three years.