May 21, 2010 6:07 PM
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has discovered that when medicines and medical equipment are stored in an organized way, nurses end up with 40 percent more time to spend on patient care. The organized storage approach, spearheaded by organizing specialists from Releasing Time to Care, a pilot project of NHS’s The Productive Ward program, was tested at Lanarkshire’s Hairmyres Hospital, in Scotland. It was paid for the NHS’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
Linda King, Hairmyres’ senior cardiac ward charge nurse, told the BBC that the project was difficult in the beginning. Now, King says proudly, “Our motto in here is ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’” She explained that the time saved through organization had allowed the nurses to start a hand washing campaign to improve hygiene and to set up an early warning system to alert the staff to patients who were at risk for becoming seriously ill. [More]