03rd Sep 2018
Omnicell UK and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust are delighted to announce that they have been successfully shortlisted for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) award for ‘Improving Care with Technology’.
The increasing use of medicines in ever-more complex combinations presents real challenges for staff and patients yet the process of supplying and administering the correct medicine to patients is largely unchanged. This presents a very real patient safety risk. A joint project to ensure the safe and efficient management of medicines on the ward, saw Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust harness Omnicell’s electronic prescribing and dispensary automation with ward-based medicine systems to reduce the risk of error and increase efficiency.
The systems aimed to provide a step towards ‘closed loop’ prescribing and administration with each step in the medicines management process subject to technological support – providing a real safety net for over stretched pharmacy and nursing staff. A ‘time and motion’ study of the Omnicell systems, along with feedback from ward nurses, saw a number of benefits including:
- a reduction in the amount of nursing time spent on managing medication
- releasing pharmacy capacity to focus on medicines optimisation
- significantly minimising the stock-holding of ward medicines
- improved patient care and experience
- significant time and financial savings for the Trust
This year saw a staggering increase in entries for the award from all over the NHS and the wider healthcare industry, as such, both Omnicell and Chesterfield are delighted to be shortlisted and eagerly await the final award decision, which is set to be announced later this year!