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Trust launch new electronic observation system

Posted on Thursday 20th July 2017
of Marlene healthcare assistant on Maple A

Marlene, healthcare assistant on Maple A

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has recently launched a new electronic observation (e-obs) system on a ward at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The system allows staff to record patient observations – temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate – electronically. This allows closer monitoring of patients who may be deteriorating and supports nurses to make decisions on escalation to senior nurses and doctors. The information is then available to clinicians from anywhere in the hospital, allowing them to make a fast decision on treatment and provide immediate advice to staff on the ward. 

A mobile device is used to collect patient information at the bedside which is then sent to a secure centralised database. This helps staff to spend less time writing out paper notes and passing information on to colleagues, and more time with their patients.

The patients on Maple A are the first ward in the hospital to benefit from the new system which will be rolled out across both the Trust’s hospitals in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Maurya Cushlow, executive director for nursing and midwifery said: “This new system will allow us to have up-to-date information about a patient at our fingertips and will be a great boost to patient care and safety.

“The staff on Maple ward have been really enthusiastic about e-obs and have been fantastic in learning how to use the new system.

“Technology in hospitals is all about helping staff be more efficient and means they have more time to spend with our patients.”