New technology helps staff monitor your condition
Having observations taken – pulse, blood pressure, breathing rate and so on – is an everyday event for patients on a hospital ward. But from September 2015 onwards, patients on Surgical and Medical Wards at Broomfield Hospital may notice a slight change to the regular routine.
Instead of taking your observations and then recording the results on a paper chart which hangs at the end of your bed, nurses on the ward are now entering the information into an Pod touch or iPad
The change is due to the introduction of VitalPAC, an award-winning software system which helps staff quickly and accurately check and record a patient’s vital signs.
By recording and then automatically analysing them, the system immediately highlights any patient who is becoming sicker and who may be in need of extra attention.
“Our aim is always to give our patients the best care possible,” explains Director of Nursing Cathy Geddes.. “Our patients want to know that, when they come into our hospital, they will be cared for safely, monitored regularly, and that treatment would be given rapidly if their condition became worse. VitalPAC is helping us to do all of those things.”