Nurses at St Cross to use iPods to help patients

Nurses at St Cross will use the devices to alert them to problems
Nurses at St Cross will use the devices to alert them to problems

Nursing staff at the Hospital of St Cross will soon begin to use Apple iPods to record and review the condition of patients.

The upgrade comes six years after a system was introduced to replace the traditional observation charts at the end of patients’ beds.

Staff can use the popular music devices to alert them as to when observations need to be taken and can tell immediately whether patients are getting sicker. This enables clinicians to intervene and prevent patients getting so sick they need to transfer to an intensive therapy unit.

Patients and visitors will start to see the new devices introduced from September 17. University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, which runs St Cross and University Hospital in Coventry, is the first in the region to move to the new system.

Chief nursing officer Mark Radford said: “The trust has been fortunate to be at the forefront of many medical innovations locally.

“If our patients see staff using iPods and iPads it’s not to listen to music but to record important information about them!”