Improving Patient Safety through EDischarge
29/05/2014The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has been sharing the benefits of its electronic discharge system with colleagues from across the region. The Trust is the only one in Northern Ireland to use an electronic system to discharge patients from its two acute hospitals, Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area.
Activated on admission, the system details all information to be captured to help facilitate timely discharge, including reasons for admission, tests, diagnosis and any follow up required by the hospital or GP.
By increasing the accuracy and quality of information, the system is greatly improving patient safety as Sister Shona McKeown, from the Cardiology Ward at Craigavon Area Hospital explains: “The electronic discharge system has vastly improved the legibility of the documents we need to send patients home from hospital. As the previously hand written forms were duplicated with carbon copies, we had real issues with legibility and having to clarify important information like the name or dose of medication.”
Dr Jaimie Coburn from Craigavon Area Hospital adds: “The previous discharge forms were quite limited in space whereas the new system allows us to include as much clinical information as we need to. As the system is also linked to the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record, it gives clinicians a much more thorough picture of the patient’s medical history and improves patient safety by enabling us to make much more informed decisions about their care.”
EDischarge is also benefitting GPs as Dr Arnold McDowell, from Clanrye Surgery in Newry concludes: “The Electronic Discharge System has been a major development in helping GPs to deliver safer care to patients. Its medication section is particularly helpful by very clearly showing the medications on discharge, prescriptions that have been stopped and reasons for stopping. The electronic format greatly reduces the risk of error in interpreting discharge information and as it is instantly available, gives us much more timely information to help us provide the best possible care to our patients.”
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Pictured above is Dr Jaimie Coburn with Sister Shona McKeown, Craigavon Area Hospital.
Below is Dr Arnold McDowell, GP, Clanrye Surgery Newry.