Posted 12th April 2010
Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust is removing much of its electronic equipment for monitoring patients. Instead they are moving towards manual patient observations based on need.
The scheme was piloted in April 2008, and extended across the trust in January to reduce incidence of cardiac arrest.
The pilot showed that cardiac arrest rates dropped by 28 per cent since the introduction of measures to improve care.
Manual observations highlighted how nurses had come to rely on automatic equipment instead of using fundamental nursing skills, said their deputy director of nursing and governance, David Melia. Manual observations are also found to give the nurses more time to spend with the patient and find out how they are feeling.
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