Using a computerised patient-alert system
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Using a computerised patient-alert system

Rob Fenwick Charge nurse, Princess Royal Hospital emergency department, Telford, Shropshire
Alan Leaman Consultant, Princess Royal Hospital emergency department, Telford, Shropshire

Rob Fenwick and Alan Leaman describe how staff at their trust are warned automatically when people who need individualised forms of care attend the emergency department

The information technology systems used in most modern emergency departments alert staff to patients who require special management, including those with infections or histories of violence, or children on the child protection register. These systems can improve care for patients, protect staff and prevent infection, although their benefits must be weighed against the risks involved in storing sensitive data on computers. It is essential, therefore, that such systems are professionally maintained and updated. This article reports how one UK emergency department uses a computerised alert system to improve patient care.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 1,12-15. doi: 10.7748/en2013.04.21.1.12.e1129

Correspondence

robfenwickrn@googlemail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 16 November 2012

Accepted: 08 March 2013