Brighton NHS trust deploys electronic bed management system

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) has completed the installation of a new electronic bed management system as part of improvements to ward efficiency and patient care.

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Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) has completed the installation of a new electronic bed management system as part of improvements to ward efficiency and patient care.

The project involved the installation of around 70 Samsung large format display (LFD) monitors with touch screen capabilities, across all inpatient wards across two sites in Brighton and Haywards Heath, incorporating a total of six hospitals. The Stone Group was brought in by the trust to install the system.

The trust decided to digitise its bed management system in order to improve patient flow. The Samsung LFD interactive screens allow teams to focus on where they are needed to conclude treatment. For instance, if a bed is required for someone else, staff can see when the next bed is due and what is outstanding to make it available.

The screens also use a traffic light coding system that allows all staff coming onto the ward, such as a physiotherapist, to quickly and clearly see which patient requires their assessment and where they can be found. In addition, this same information can be accessed remotely on a desktop by the same physiotherapist while on another ward or in their own department.

For many years the hospital operated two systems for patient management - a handwritten dry-wipe board and an electronic desktop programme. These systems were difficult to keep updated in real-time and required valuable time to keep aligned with one another, causing delays to patient discharge and progression throughout the hospitals.

With the new system, says the trust, it has reduced data entry times by more than 500 percent when compared to the old method of using handwritten dry-wipe boards. The time lapsed from when a patient physically moves and the time their details are entered on a system is now just seven to nine minutes, compared to three days, previously.

“We are delighted with the simplicity, visibility and tidiness of the interactive displays,” said Niki Porter, operational service manager for clinical administration at BSUH. “We needed to increase visibility of patient information and ensure the same information was visible on every desktop throughout the trust, in order to increase efficiencies in each ward and make decision-making easier and quicker."

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