From the Wires
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Implements Asset Tracking & Management by Stanley Healthcare
By: Business Wire
Jan. 29, 2013 03:00 AM
Cisco Live London 2013 – Stanley Healthcare today announced that Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (DCHFT) has implemented Stanley Healthcare’s Wi-Fi Real-Time Location System and Asset Tracking & Management solution to manage critical medical equipment throughout the hospital. The solution, which was implemented by Stoneleigh Consultancy and which leverages the hospital’s Cisco Unified Wireless Network, reduces the time it takes for staff to find needed equipment, improves equipment utilization and helps prevent equipment from becoming lost or stolen.
“It is extremely important to be able to find an item when we need it and no hospital today can afford to waste staff time searching for critical equipment – for the sake of efficiency and for the sake of the patient experience,” said Sharon Mooney, a consultant nurse in the Critical Care Unit at Dorset County Hospital. “Prior to deploying the Stanley Healthcare RTLS solution, there were times a particular device could go missing in the facility for up to a week. We now have clear visibility into where items are, and this is not a luxury, it is a necessity that allows us to be more efficient and serve patients in a timely manner.”
Dorset County Hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main operating theatres and two day theatres in three connected wings. It is the main provider of acute hospital services to a population of around 210,000 living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. The vision of Dorset County Hospital is to deliver compassionate and safe healthcare, including delivering high quality, safe services that meet or exceed patient expectations.
The hospital is using Asset Tracking & Management to track the real-time location of medical equipment, including infusion pumps, radiology scanners, wheelchairs, ultrasound and x-ray machines, as well as bedside devices such as iPads. RFID tags are attached to the items and communicate over the hospital’s standard Wi-Fi network to Stanley Healthcare’s MobileView software, which provides a graphical view of each asset on a map of the hospital. Staff can quickly locate needed items instead of having to waste time manually searching the facility.
“With the addition of Dorset County, the number of NHS Trust hospitals using Stanley Healthcare’s RTLS solutions for a range of applications, from Asset Management to Environmental Monitoring to Patient & Staff Safety, continues to grow,” said Kenton Madge, Commercial Director at Stanley Healthcare. “Stanley Healthcare is proud to be working with leading hospitals around the world to transform safety, security and operational efficiency.”
Stanley Healthcare provides over 5,000 acute care hospitals and 12,000 long-term care organizations with enterprise solutions that transform safety, security and operational efficiency. The Stanley Healthcare EcoSystem enables customers to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in five critical areas: Patient Safety, Security & Protection, Environmental Monitoring, Clinical Operations & Workflow and Supply Chain & Asset Management. These integrated solutions are complemented by consulting, training and Transformational Lean™ process reengineering. Stanley Healthcare is proud to be part of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. For more information, visit www.StanleyHealthcare.com.
MobileView is a registered trademark of Stanley Healthcare. Information is subject to change without notice.
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