Tuesday, 24 November 2020
The Trust has rolled out new patient safety technology across all its seclusion units which supports staff to care for patients through use of optical sensors.
These non-contact sensors allow staff to monitor the patients’ safety and wellbeing when they are in a seclusion unit through taking vital signs, without needing to disturb a recovering patient unnecessarily.
This innovative monitoring technology, called ‘Oxehealth’ does not replace, but is in addition to, the face-to-face, in-person care delivered by our specialist mental health staff, thereby improving the quality of care and patient experience we deliver, alongside improving the safety of staff.
The Oxehealth system went live successfully in the seclusion units of Aquarius ward and Shaftesbury ward, room 1 in mid-October 2020. The remaining Trust seclusion units will be going live on 25 November 2020 – these units are in the following wards:
Paula Robbins, Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “We are very proud and excited to be using this new ground-breaking technology that allows us to monitor our patients, perform spot-check, pulse and breathing rate observations without disturbing them. It enhances the quality of care, patient experience, and staff safety.”
Lucy Cooper, ward 1 Manager, said: “We have already seen some improvements in our care. The new technology enables us to keep our patients safe, measure pulse rate and breathing rate to medical levels of accuracy without entering the room.”
Ward 1 has been using the Oxehealth solution since 2017 – an early pioneer.
Oxehealth is a global leader in vision-based patient monitoring and management systems, helping clinicians to deliver safer, higher quality and more effective and efficient care.