The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have unveiled a revolutionary new electronic track and trigger system called eNEWS, which is able to detect when a patient’s condition may be deteriorating.
Using a handheld device similar to an iPhone or iPad, nurses can record and monitor observations on a patient and a National Early Warning score (NEWS) is automatically calculated.
Depending on this score, the device will trigger a clinical response by an appropriately trained member of staff.
The eNEWS software prompts the user to enter all of the necessary responses into the system and reduces the amount of time spent on recording observations, which helps free up additional time for professionals to deliver patient-focused care.
This information is also stored electronically and can be accessed from anywhere in the trust by nurses or senior members of staff.
The system for nurses is called VitalPAC Nurse and was piloted on Ward 17 at RBH back in September 2013, and has now been rolled out to all clinical areas.
A second phase of the initiative will see VitalPAC Doctor introduced in the coming weeks.