Patient monitors which let nurses and doctors know if a patient’s condition has changed no matter where they are on a ward are being trialled in two wards at the University Hospital of North Tees.
When a patient’s condition deteriorates an alert is sent to their allocated nurses through a bleep and also to the central monitor at the nurses’ station.
The monitors are being trialled in two wards at the University Hospital of North Tees, ward 32 a surgical ward and ward 42 an elderly care ward.
Steve Heavisides, ward matron in the 23 bed surgical observation unit, said: “Our staff are very busy and it isn’t always possible to be at a patient’s bedside.
“The monitor means a nurse can be anywhere in the ward and will know immediately if a patient’s condition has changed.
“It has made a real difference to the care we can give to patients, particularly during the night where we have seen real improvements in care.”
Research and development manager Jane Greenaway said: “We are very proud to be the first NHS trust in the UK to pilot this innovative new device, however the company has extensively tested the monitors in America and several countries in Europe.
“This will be used clinically as routine care then we will run a research project for six months to look at the impact it has on patient outcomes such as deteriorations, admissions to intensive care unit, falls and pressure ulcers.
“It is thanks to collaborative work from staff across the trust – particularly from IT, estates and clinical engineering – that this project has come to fruition.
Over the next year the data from the trial will be analysed before a decision is made as to whether we continue to use the devices or roll them out to other wards.