Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the UK, has relied on Scandit, the technology platform for computer vision and augmented reality (AR), for the renovation of its scanners.
The goal is to improve your inventory management system, increase patient safety, and access data in real-time. Located in the Leeds region, it has more than 17,000 employees and, in addition to supporting the health and well-being of the region, it also plays an important leadership role in research, education and innovation.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals has been one of six UK testing sites selected by the Department of Health and Social Care, under its Scan4Safety program. The initial objective was to demonstrate the benefits of the GS1 and PEPPOL standards to allow more efficient practices, putting the focus on data capture technologies. By changing its workflows and adopting these standards, the NHS set out to improve in four key areas:
• Patients: Improved safety and care
• Product: Achieve an optimal level of storage and stock management
• Location: Possibility of tracking any area
• Process: Streamlining processes, increasing time spent on patient care Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust originally tried to improve all processes in the supply chain, from product procurement to inventory management. Using the inventory management system first, they collaborated closely with the OR staff, focusing on the details of each product that was implanted in the patient with dedicated mobile scanners. Subsequently, the NHS carried out a series of tests in the Ophthalmology department, where it could take more than 8 hours to remove a product. As a result, the accounting time with the new scanning system from Scandit, the leading enterprise technology platform for computer vision and augmented reality (AR), was only 35 minutes. In economic terms, this was a difference from a minimum previous cost of 173 pounds to a maximum of 9 pounds with the new system. With these proven standards and technologies, NSH tried to align its management practices inventory not only for products but also for better control of information about your patients.
Increased scanning capacity
The organization was already using a limited capacity inventory management solution for barcode scanning on products, patient wristbands and locations. However, this system employed very basic inventory tracking methods including, for example, handwritten notes from staff. It quickly became clear that if under the Scan4Safety program, the NHS had to capture data at all points of care, including medical machinery and equipment, and information on procedures, it would require a more barcode scanning application and technology. advanced.
Another solution that is already being implemented at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is PPM +. This internally developed electronic record reports all the details about patient care, replacing traditional paper notes.
The decision was made with the purpose of integrating a suitable scanning solution together with PPM + and, after examining a variety of software options, Scandit’s solution was chosen. This scanner harnesses the power of mobile phones and other smart devices by offering extremely high barcode reading speed and accuracy. In addition, it stands out for the ease with which it can be implemented and used.
This internally developed electronic record reports all the details about patient care
The implementation of the Scandit solution was a breakthrough for the NHS, as staff can now scan patients’ wristbands, assigned bed, and clinics or operating rooms to which they are transferred, and receive this information in real-time. Since mobile barcode scanning is a relatively new concept compared to the use of physical barcode scanners, it was important for NHS to test the efficiency of this particular solution, considering ease of use and functionality.
“Scan4Safety is a great way to track patient movement from admission to hospital. It is very useful when planning our daily work, and it also helps us with family inquiries. It is very fast and easy to use, and we look forward to further development in the future, in the hope that more features will be included, ”says Jo Robinson from the Breast Cancer Unit, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
The pilot project was conducted on six mobile devices and was highly successful as nurses were able to perform an increasing number of scans to capture vital patient, product and location data. Four weeks after its launch, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was convinced that the appScandit compliant would provide the efficiency and reliability you need. One of the characteristics that made the most impression was the speed and precision with which the scan could be performed, something very important to ensure that nurses incorporated it as part of their patient care routine. NHS hospitals now plan to use PPM +, including Scandit software, in other rooms and are working closely with Scandit to incorporate location tracking via GLN barcodes.
“Scan4Safety will allow us to track our patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that endoscopy, radiology and operating room teams are as efficient as possible. This allows our doctors to treat their patients more closely and safely. Having the ability to withdraw products or discharge patients at the touch of a button is a big step forward. Reducing unnecessary waste, eliminating obsolete stock, and the ability to challenge unwarranted clinical variation is essential for an efficient hospital of the future. Scan4Safety is a great tool for promoting good clinical practice, ”says Dr David Berridge, NHS Deputy Medical Director.
“The pilot plan to test the Scandit solution worked so well that doctors and nurses wanted to implement it in their routines immediately. Our next task is to plan how we implement it in more than 800 devices in all NHS hospitals, and how to communicate with staff in other departments, especially in operating rooms. We have full confidence in the capabilities of Scandit’s scanning software, ”he adds.