Nurses at a hospital in South Yorkshire have helped find a solution to tangled suction and oxygen equipment, which could soon be used across the NHS.
A group of staff including infection control nurses from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, designed a ‘handy hook’ to simplify storage of spare oxygen and suction equipment.
It consists of a holder with smooth plastic coated edges to allow easy cleaning, good visibility and access to the contents.
Each ‘Rotherham Handy Hook’ costs £5 to make and £80 to install per six bedded bay and it is hoped the idea will catch on in other parts of the NHS.
Staff at Rotherham Hospital will also receive additional training on how to use the hook and extra instruction will be included in future resuscitation training.
Jackie Bird, chief of quality and standards at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Providing a safe environment is at the heart of what we do. We are constantly looking to improve the environment and we encourage staff to take an active part in designing and implementing the change.
‘This simple piece of equipment will make a big difference.’