University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) was struggling to manage its surgical instrument stocks.
The trust had no way of knowing which individual instruments had been used for any given procedure. Also, it was impossible to track an instrument through the decontamination process. This meant that, should patient safety be compromised, there was no way of tracing whether an instrument has been correctly decontaminated.
With UHMBT operating from three main hospital sites, including two full emergency departments, a solution was required that was both thorough and scalable.