Automating Surgical Theatres
Client:UK National Health Service
- Automate the paper based procedures that track patients from pre-op through to the recovery room.
- CSC Surgical Interventions, which manages patient flow through theatres and tracks the trays and instruments used during surgical interventions.
- A surgical theatre solution enabling surgeons and their teams to more efficiently schedule operations.
- Easier to track patients across hospital sites.
As the country’s population expands and ages, the number of surgeries people require will continue to increase. CSC’s Surgical Interventions solution offers the ability to increase operating-room efficiency, thereby increasing the number of patients a theatre can treat.
The solution incorporates both an Operating Room Management Information System (ORMIS), which manages patient flow through theatres, and Instrument Management Software (IMS), which tracks the trays and instruments used during surgical interventions.
CSC is providing this solution as part of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfiT), which was established to support the delivery of world-class patient care and services. Already more than 13,000 NHS users at hospital trusts have access to CSC’s Surgical Interventions solution, including at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
At Sherwood Forest, the solution has allowed the trust’s surgeons and their teams to more efficiently schedule operations and track patients across their two hospital sites: King’s Mill and Newark. CSC worked with the Sherwood Forest’s IT and clinical staff to ensure the move from the previous paper-based theatre recording system to CSC’s computerized system caused little disruption to patients and surgical staff.
James Zaman, Clinical Director (surgical division) and project sponsor, said: “It was good to be involved from the beginning and to be able to contribute clinical opinion. All members of the team helped to make it a smooth and uncomplicated implementation, which allowed clinicians time to become familiar with the system and the processes underpinning it. The solution is a very useful tool for the efficient and effective running of a modern theatres department.”
From Pre-op to recovery
Around 150 theatre clinicians and their teams at the trust now use the system. It has replaced the many paper-based procedures with one computerized application that tracks the patient from pre-op, through surgical procedure to recovery room.
The system provides full information about the patient’s status to surgeons, whilst ensuring the appropriate equipment and surgical instruments are available at the right time and are ready for use. The system interfaces with the Trust’s own patient administration system (PAS), capturing surgical waiting-list entries from PAS onto CSC’s solution for scheduling.