‘Humanitarian crisis’ in NHS A&Es overwhelmed by demand

Figures show that recorded numbers of patients in ambulances are being turned away from Accident and Emergency units because hospitals are so busy.

The Daily Telegraph recent coverage reported on an NHS memo telling health officials that the “most important thing” is to avoid language such as “black alert” – the phrase used to denote the most serious level of emergency.

Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “I don’t think they will be able to spin their way out of this crisis. The public deserves honesty about the state of the services on which they rely – I would simply not want to be in hospital right now.”

It comes as the British Red Cross – which has been called in to prop up struggling services – described the overcrowding in Britain’s A&E units as a “humanitarian crisis”.

So what’s the problem and how can we help?

‘Bed blocking’

There are many reasons why hospital beds are full and it’s not just the lack of social care provision of the elderly. Improving efficacy in Accident and Emergency is essential to free up beds.

Let’s Help

MSoft Sample360 is a powerful phlebotomy sample tracking and management solution that speeds up sample taking in A&E. It uses hand held devices and bed side printer that aid in eradicating a number of costly errors in the sample taking process, from the point of view of the patient and to the improved efficacy in the hospital.
Many NHS Trusts have high sample rejection rates that result in patients having to have a second sample taken hours or even days after their first sample is taken. This is especially high in busy hospital A&E departments, with the biggest contributor to errors in sample taking being human error.

Errors like marking down wrong patient information, illegible hand writing or mixing up one patients sample for another. These errors are removed when using Sample360 and rejection rates fall from thousands of sample per year to zero overnight.

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