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Technology can cut wasted time say nurses

4th May 2010

A survey has shown that nurses spend almost four hours a week on average looking for lost patient records and medicines.


The research, by GS1 UK with Nursing Standard, found that the cost of this lost time for the 400,000 secondary care nurses in the UK could amount to £1 billion.

Of the 861 nurses surveyed:

  • 25% said patient records and results were lost "at least once" every day.
  • Only one in 10 said they had enough time to review patients' records in a thorough manner at work.
  • 31% said they believed that the use of paper records, rather than electronic systems, was the reason for the problem.
  • 44% stated that using bar-coded wristbands could decrease patient safety incidents by more than 50%.
  • 12% said the technology was already in place to help them find lost items in hospital.

Gary Lynch, chief executive of GS1 UK, said: "Optimising hospital ward efficiency is... absolutely paramount. With all the pressure nurses are under to deliver quality care, it’s sad to see that hunting for missing equipment is wasting so much of their time, especially when they are having to look for even basic care provisions such as bed linen and feed drips."


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Vijaya Prasad

Friday 7th May 2010 @ 14:30

It is a matter of shame that in these days of technology nurses have to waste time in this way. This matter should be a priority

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