Hospital patient safety improving

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Pre-operative checklists are being implemented to cut infection rates

Simple changes to the way patients are
cared for in hospital are having a significant impact on infection
rates, according to the Scottish Government.

Hospitals are being urged to adopt stricter treatment regimes as a way of cutting
hospital deaths by 15% and “adverse incidents” by 30%.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon is highlighting the measures as part of Patient Safety Month.

She visited Stirling Royal Infirmary where infection rates are down.

Prior to adopting a stricter treatment regime, the hospital recorded at least one incident per month where a patient who required a “central line” tube for food or medication, suffered from bacterial infection.

However, NHS Forth Valley said new procedures had resulted in no cases of infection being recorded since January last year.

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Mobile Clinical Assistant Launched

Hatboro, Pa.-based mobility solutions provider, InfoLogix, Inc. has rolled out a new mobile clinical assistant, InfoLogix M24. The product, the company says, provides clinicians with point-of-care access to patient information from the bedside.

Designed such that clinicians can both input information and access patients’ EMR, the InfoLogix M24 provides medication verification and captures diagnostic images, the company says. The solution was built upon the Intel mobile clinical assistant reference architecture and features a bar code scanner, RFID reader, fingerprint reader and Webcam.

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E-prescription system goes live

Almost all of Scotland’s GP practices now have electronic links to community pharmacies in the first system of its kind in the UK.

The electronic Acute Medication Service (eAMS) allows prescriptions to be transmitted directly, cutting down on paperwork and reducing risk of error.

Patients are still given paper prescriptions but these contain a unique barcode.

This brings up their details when scanned by a pharmacist.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “We have a very successful prescribing system in Scotland, with around one million paper prescriptions written by GPs every week and dispensed in community pharmacies.

“But we can always do more and that’s what eAMS will achieve.”

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