Nurses have developed disposable drug rounds tabards that reduce errors, lower infection risk and cost 60% less.
Disposable tabards, developed by nurses and manufactured by GV health, are being introduced at a number of hospital trusts to minimise interruptions, reduce cross-infection risks and improve drug dispensing accuracy.
Reducing drug dispensing errors increases patient safety and reduces the cost and waste resulting from mistakes. Fewer interruptions also mean nurses can make more efficient use of their time.
Catherine Pegna, Managing Director of GV Health said “Reusable fabric drug round tabards currently used by some hospitals have been identified as a potential cross-infection risk particularly where time and financial restraints cause them to be used more than once without laundering. This has put nurses off using them and many hospitals have been looking for an alternative.
“We wanted to give nurses on drug rounds a safe way of putting up the ‘do not disturb ’ sign while saving nurse managers some money.”
The single size tabard can be adjusted to fit all shapes and builds and are suitable for use in all types of ward including general medical, surgical and SCBU.
In a recent survey, laundered tabards cost an average of 42 pence per use. Disposable tabards can cost from as little as 18 pence each, representing a saving of 60%.