Sarah Seeley, Transformation Nurse Lead at Ipswich Hospital, has helped introduce electronic observation charts in the trust and is pioneering new electronic developments to improve patient care.
The project has now been featured in the Nursing Standard journal along with other pioneering work by nurses across the East of England to help celebrate the RCN’s centenary year.
Sarah recognised the risks associated with paper charts which can be misplaced, partially completed and are only viewable at the bedside.
The trust received funding to implement electronic observations to improve deteriorating patients, reduce cardiac arrests and improve patient outcomes.
Staff now use IPods, due to their ease of use, size and security, to record patients’ vital signs electronically.
The system allows the user to alert the nurse in charge, on-call doctors and critical care teams immediately when a patient shows signs of deterioration.
Sarah said: “Escalation to senior colleagues electronically means ward staff can manage the sick patient earlier, doctors can be more proactive in monitoring patients’ observations as they can view them wherever they are and support can be sent to the wards as needed.“We have seen a month-on-month reduction in cardiac arrest and an increase in medical emergencies, which arises from earlier detection of the deteriorating patient.
”Karen Webb, RCN Eastern Regional Director, said: “Initiatives like this demonstrate the innovative and inspirational approach taken by nurses who are constantly striving to improve the experience of their patients.
“Across the Eastern region we are aware of many more cases of nurses leading innovations in their workplaces which will leave a long-lasting legacy of better care and excellent service.”