New computer system huge boost for intensive care unit staff

L-R: Carl Wilkinson (Senior Charge Nurse at Eastbourne DGH ICU), Pauline Simes (Head of Nursing in Theatres, Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Pain Services), Stuart Earl (Chairman of the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital), Simon Speed (ICU Charge Nurse), Dr Kate Murray (Consultant Anaesthetist) and Fiona Stedman (ICU Sister).
L-R: Carl Wilkinson (Senior Charge Nurse at Eastbourne DGH ICU), Pauline Simes (Head of Nursing in Theatres, Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Pain Services), Stuart Earl (Chairman of the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital), Simon Speed (ICU Charge Nurse), Dr Kate Murray (Consultant Anaesthetist) and Fiona Stedman (ICU Sister).

A STATE-of-the-art £125,000 computer system has been installed at the DGH in an effort to improve the treatment of critically ill patients.

The new software allows nurses and doctors to call up vital information at the click of a button at every bedside in intensive care and the high dependency units.

Funding for the improvements came from the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals and doctors are confident it will make their job easier.

The new system records, integrates and analyses data electronically, making the process quicker, easier to use and more accurate.

Clinicians can also obtain information about the patient from other areas of the hospital, such as X-rays and drug prescriptions.

In years gone by data was recorded manually by pen and paper which was time-consuming for nursing staff and was more vulnerable to human error.

Dr Kate Murray, consultant anaesthetist, said, “This new system will make a huge positive difference to the intensive care unit staff and the patients they care for.

“We used to have a big chart at the end of each bed where doctors and nurses would have to write everything down manually. This was very time consuming and was susceptible to human error or misinterpretation.

“This new system stops all that. Every patient has a screen by their bed and the clinical staff can see all the information they need to ensure the patient gets the best possible care.”

Pictured, left to right: Carl Wilkinson (Senior Charge Nurse at Eastbourne DGH ICU), Pauline Simes (Head of Nursing in Theatres, Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Pain Services), Stuart Earl (Chairman of the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital), Simon Speed (ICU Charge Nurse), Dr Kate Murray (Consultant Anaesthetist) and Fiona Stedman (ICU Sister).