New electronic system improves patient care in Staffordshire

Image: UHNM Website - The VitalPAC implementation team were presented with their Team of the Month award by Liz Rix, Chief Nurse (centre)

NHS patients are having their observations recorded more accurately, thanks to the swift implementation of a new electronic observations system – so states the local NHS trust.

‘VitalPAC’ assesses and analyses patient vital sign data to identify deterioration in a patient’s health and also has the potential to automatically calculate a patient’s ‘early warning score’, prompting clinicians to respond in line with hospital protocol.

Dr Zia Din, Chief Clinical Information Officer, said: “VitalPAC software operates on the Apple iPod touch, iPad and iPhone and is designed to integrate with hospital clinical systems. Implementation has allowed paper observation charts to be removed from practice, making for a faster and more accurate means of patient care.”

The Trust’s deployment of the system is part of its 2025 Vision, an ambitious programme to develop world-class patient care, with a particular focus on clinical decision support, clinical productivity and improved patient safety. Staff responsible for implementation of the system have been given the Team of the Month award.

Dr Din added: “The team have done an incredible job. They have worked really hard and have collaborated with multidisciplinary teams, ensuring that the system meets the needs of patients, clinicians and nurses.”