Hospital introduces new way of caring for stroke patients
STAFF treating stroke patients at the Royal Bolton Hospital will soon benefit from a time-saving system — meaning they can spend more time with poorly patients.
It is hoped the new software — known as CaptureStroke — will give staff more time to spend with patients by cutting down time spent doing administrative tasks.
The system means data can be inputted as staff care for the patient, using computers on the ward or a handheld device at the bedside.
It also flags up if a required procedure has not yet taken place or is incomplete.
Consultant Dr Gillian Halstead, clinical lead for stroke services, said the software will free up staff on wards.
Dr Halstead added: “It is a much more timely way of recording and monitoring the care the patient has received and showing us if further intervention or tests are needed.
“Also currently senior members of staff spend hours trawling through notes to complete the returns needed.
“This new system means that at every step in a patient’s care, a doctor, nurse, therapist or others can enter the information at the time it takes place. It will free them up to spend more time actually on patient care.”
All stroke units have to complete detailed audits on each stroke patient and submit the information nationally every quarter.
Currently this is done by staff going back through a patient’s notes and takes somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour per patient.
With about 58 patients a month admitted to the stroke unit — most of who have to have their details recorded — this task is very time consuming and has not always been completed in the required timescales.
The new data collection system will enable the information to be recorded in around half the time.
The software will be up and running for staff later this month.
Comments are closed on this article.