Ahead of the game on Patient Safety with Barcode Scanning
As NHS Providers are tasked with becoming GS1 complaint by 2020, hearing from a trust about their successful implementation will help you start your own trust's Scan4Safety journey. It can be daunting to know where and how to start the process.
This website outlines key learnings from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust's own Scan4Safety implementation and can be used as a resource to help you move forward, at speed, on your own transformation. As well as delivering improved patient safety levels, you can make a commercial impact too.
Over the last few years University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has witnessed significant patient safety benefits, through reliable traceability of products to patients and has realised financial benefits of over £1.6 million from consumable stock savings and operational efficiencies. Just recently, it was announced that Derby Teaching Hospitals (now University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust) was the first of the six demonstrator trust sites to have completed the GS1 and PEPPOL phases of the Department of Health's Scan4Safety programme.
The starting point for the trust though was some 18 months before the inception of the programme, when they introduced procedure-based barcode scanning and consumption-based inventory management to offer patients the safest possible experience and to create a cost- efficient supply chain.