By scanning the patient wristband with the unique identifier at the point of care, staff were able to obtain an accurate positive patient ID before any clinical intervention. If ever an incorrect wristband was attempted to be scanned into a record, the wristband would fail preventing the risk of an unwarranted error.
With the GSRN and GLN implemented and associated to the corresponding patient record, the task of transferring patients was made much more efficient. By scanning the patient wristband and site GLN at the point of care or use, staff were able to update a patient’s records in near real time.
This reduced the time taken to transfer a patient onto a ward from 10-15 minutes to less than two minutes. Plus the completion time for the admissions, discharge and transfers (ADT) process was reduced from taking up to 2.5 hours to complete, reduced to approximately 30 minutes.