Ward tablets (iPad etc) are a life saver

Interesting report that death rates at two hospitals fell by more than 15% when nurses started using tablets and mobile phones instead of paper to record patients vital signs.

Research published 26.09.2014 shows “truly dramatic” results for the electronic system, which alerts staff if a patient is deteriorating.

At Queen Alexandria Hospital, Portsmouth it led to 397 fewer deaths than expected over a year and at University Hospital, Coventry, it was 372.

Dr Paul Schmidt said: “Paper charts were not doing the job well enough”.

Technology is always advancing and in fifty years time could the scenario occur where hospital wards are automated, virtually unstaffed with central controllers monitoring patients condition via a bank of computer screens!!.

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