Radiometer's 1st Automatic ensures positive patient identification and keeps focus at the bedside
Radiometer's 1st Automatic blood gas analysis system is crucial to patient care in the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
- (1888PressRelease) September 14, 2011 - Barcoded syringes, plus patient and operator identification, are scanned at the bedside and the data transferred to the analyser by FLEXLINK software. FLEXLINK also sends correctly identified results to, for example, caregivers' PDAs and bedside monitors. Clare Williams, CIS Manager/Sister, AICU, explained: "The unit handles just over 1000 admissions a year, performing between 125 and 150 tests per day depending on the number of patients and their dependency. Intensive care is all about time saving, and 1st Automatic's walk-away capability allows us to obtain results quickly while increasing the amount of time we can spend with our patients."
"We have used Radiometer solutions since 2008, when we upgraded to 1st Automatic to gain more flexibility. The system has really helped streamline our workflow by allowing nurses to scan patient wristbands and enter the data directly into the system, keeping the focus at the bedside. We have been able to standardise our sampling technique and, as we have two machines, we now have the potential to analyse six samples simultaneously. For infection control purposes, an aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT) is required when taking blood gases, and 1st Automatic helps this process. The equipment is excellent, particularly the syringes, because there is no contact with blood at all, which improves staff safety."
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