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University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

In September 2020, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust embarked on a patient monitoring standardisation project with Mindray. As part of the project, the Trust wanted to futureproof its systems through the M-Connect total connectivity solution, particularly the MobileViewer and CMS Viewer systems. The Trust was looking for a solution which allowed caregivers to see live monitor data away from the traditional nurse’s station.

Challenges

A new take on central monitoring

By combining MobileViewer for their iPads with the CMS Viewer application for their PCs, the Trust has, in a range of acuity settings, created an extremely flexible monitoring system. In rooms where all monitors can be heard but not always seen due to screening or room design, having iPads that can display bedside monitoring allows for total visibility and peace of mind. This level of surveillance is further boosted in some departments with the inclusion of central monitoring stations to give caregivers complete flexibility when observing patients at any point in their workflow. Used initially in Royal Derby Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit (CCU) to provide complete visibility of patient data where each patient has their own room, MobileViewer is now used in several departments – each with access to only the patients in their own department.

“Being able to access bedside monitoring from our iPads has been useful for departments across the trust. The single room areas of our hospitals particularly like the way that all their patients are now instantly visible.  With MobileViewer and CMS Viewer we’ve created a more flexible central monitoring system that is suited to our own environment and workflow.

Russel Turner, Equipment Library Senior Trainer & Specialist, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

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Outcomes

 

“The Trust already has plans to expand the system to more departments and include clinical engineering for faster diagnosis of technical issues. We’re not tied to physical workstations anymore. In future consultants may be able to print reports and view patient data from home through the trust’s VPN and Mindray’s CMS Viewer.”

Russel Turner, UHDB

Conclusion

By largely ‘de-centralising’ central monitoring in certain departments, the Trust has made patient monitoring data more accessible than ever for its caregivers. The increase in surveillance capabilities offers greater peace of mind for patients and caregivers alike, freeing up more time for more in-person care.

The Trust already has plans to expand the system to more departments and include clinical engineering for faster diagnosis of technical issues. Further expansion is made simple by the virtual solutions offered as part of the M-Connect system. With the CMS server collecting all patient monitor information, the Trust can choose to distribute that information in more flexible ways when not tied to physical workstations. In future consultants may be able to print reports and view patient data from home through the Trust’s VPN and Mindray’s CMS Viewer, while Mobile Viewer can currently support up to 500 mobile devices fusing data from 600 beds allowing for plenty of expansion.

By supporting an increase in patient safety without compromising the integrity of patient data, Mindray and UDHB have created a scalable system that can safely futureproof the patient monitoring in Royal Derby and Burton hospitals.

 

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Published October 28, 2021