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Orthopaedic nurses to use hi-tech electronic monitoring

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Nurses at the Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital will be using an electronic monitoring system intended to makes care safer and more efficient.

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which ones the hospital, has installed the VitalPAC system.

It is the first specialist orthopaedic provider in the country to adopt the system, which is already in use in some acute trusts.

“We welcome technology that improves the care we can offer, but it will never replace the face-to-face contact that our patients value”

Jayne Downey

The system replaces the paper charts, with staff entering patient data directly onto an iPod touch.

VitalPAC then automatically produces an observation chart as well as calculating an early warning score.

Nicki Bellinger the trust’s deputy director of nursing, said: “Recording vital signs data regularly and accurately is central to providing safe, high quality care.

“By making the process easier, VitalPAC is another way in which we are helping our staff give patients the best care possible,” she added.

Up until now, nursing staff at the trust have used a paper form to document patient observations and then manually calculate the patient’s early warning score.

The first wards went paperless with the new system on 10 August and it will be rolled out across the whole hospital by the end of the month.

Jayne Downey, director of nursing and service delivery, said: “Nurses are still taking manual readings as well, and while we welcome technology that improves the care we can offer, it will never replace the face-to-face contact that our patients value.”


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