NHS Forth Valley to bring new focus to patient safety

NHS Forth Valley to bring new focus to patient safety through introduction of software designed to manage and reduce Healthcare Associated Infections
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Stroud - Gloucestershire - England


July 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Stroud (ENGLAND), July 13, 2012 – NHS Forth Valley has joined a global team of 1,000 hospitals using a state-of-the-art data system to help reduce health associated infections (HAI) by allowing Infection Prevention and Control Teams to spot emerging bugs quickly and allow them to spend more time with patients.

The ICNet Infection Prevention Case Management and Surveillance System will link together all elements of information needed by the infection prevention team, such as laboratory and patient data with real-time alerts and live reports. In addition, and in line with the Scottish Framework Agreement, ICNet will also help healthcare staff understand and manage infections by providing all relevant data in one place. This will help contain outbreaks, understand trends, reduce paperwork and free up staff time.

According to Katie Houghton, COO of ICNet, the impact on patients treated within Forth Valley Valley will be extremely positive. “Proactive infection prevention management using ICNet has shown a reduction in infections with substantial cost savings. We are delighted NHS Forth Valley has joined the 70% of Scottish health boards who will benefit through choosing to partner with ICNet.”

NHS Forth Valley Infection Prevention and Control Public Manager, Jonathan Horwood, and Lesley Shepherd, lead nurse in infection control added: “One of our biggest challenges is the cumbersome use of a multitude of database systems that do not always provide accurate and reliable data when we need to see it. Often data isn’t available for up to a week later. Through our use of ICNet we will be able to spend more time with patients and review practices to make sure we make a positive impact on the HAI burden."

Figures released in 2011 show that around one in 20 patients across Scotland who require acute care acquire an infection whilst in hospital. This can result in an extended stay of up to one week. An estimate by NHS Scotland revealed this could translate into an extra cost to the health service of £180 million a year, equating to 380,000 bed days lost. Although these infections continue to be reduced, a significant burden remains to be managed.
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