A new report published by the London School of Economics has said that automated time-keeping systems, which involve nurses using hand scanners each time they arrive for a shift, would help improve safety on the ward.
The co-author of the report, NHS Staffing: Not Just a Number, Tony Hockley said it is impossible to truly understand staffing pressures and find solutions without accurate information about who was actually on a shift or around at crucial handover times.
“In a safety-critical environment, where the absence of one member of staff for a matter of minutes can make a significant difference, knowing who is available in real time and having a verifiable record of staffing levels is of great value,” says the report.
Would you welcome the introduction of hand scanners? Do you think it would boost safety?