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Trust wins national award for pioneering scanning project

Published 01/11/2017
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Derby Teaching Hospitals’ pioneering use of barcode technology to improve patient safety within operating theatres has been recognised with a prestigious award. 

The use of Scan4Safety makes operations safer and more efficient by using scanners to read every piece of equipment used in a procedure before then linking this to a barcode on each individual patient’s wristband. 

Around 52,000 patient procedures were captured in the last year, with this outstanding work resulting in the Trust’s Right First Time at Point of Care project winning the Best System or Initiative Adoption/Roll-Out award at last night’s ehi Live ceremony. 

Derby Teaching Hospitals is currently the only trust in the country that can track every single product to each patient in this way, with the system now live in all 35 surgical theatres at the Royal Derby Hospital, as well as in radiology and endoscopy. The Derby trust’s work in leading the NHS with this scheme has already won many awards and accolades.

A scanning system has been built up as a result, with the ability developed to share patient data at the click of a button with any other hospital nationwide, which enables consultants to review the procedures and products already used on the patient. 

Derby Teaching Hospitals was chosen by the Department of Health as one of six demonstrator sites for Scan4Safety towards the end of 2015 and recently became the first in the country to complete all four phases of the programme.   

The project has enabled the Trust to drive patient safety and return significant financial benefits, with a reduction in the number of products used saving £1.2million a year.

Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance at Derby Teaching Hospitals, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into the successful implementation of this innovative project across the Trust, so it is fantastic to have seen all of this effort recognised in this way. After recently becoming the first trust to complete all four phases of the programme, this award represents yet another reason for us all to be proud.  Ensuring that we provide our patients with the safest care possible is central to everything that we do at Derby Teaching Hospitals. Scan4Safety has undoubtedly allowed us to do just that, whilst it has also made a huge difference to staff working in our operating theatres.”


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