Ambulance teams to use iPads to improve patient care in England
Ambulance teams are to use iPads to improve patient care in England, it has been announced.
Emergency personnel will use the devices to send photographs of the scene of an accident so that hospital workers can go directly to work when the patient arrives.
They will also be able to access the patient’s health records to assess injuries and decide whether they should be taken to hospital or treated at the scene.
About 30,000 devices will be distributed to ambulance teams across the country, it is said.
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said: ‘Ambulance teams have been at the forefront of the pandemic, regularly dealing with life and death situations and often the first on the scene to treat and diagnose critically ill patients.
“These devices are another tool for our highly trained paramedics and EMTs as they continue to respond to the nation’s most seriously ill and injured patients.
“This is another example of innovative and harnessing health services technology to improve patient care as part of the NHS long term plan.”
IPad use has been tested by ambulance teams in London and the South East, with the results showing a positive impact in speeding up case delivery and enabling the service to deal with emergencies elsewhere.
They were used to call consultants by video conference when treating stroke patients to provide faster and more specialized care until they arrived at the hospital.
They also allowed crews to give tailor-made treatment based on a patient’s medical history.
Dr Fionna Moore, Medical Director of the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: “iPads are proving invaluable in helping our clinicians quickly identify stroke patients to speed up their treatment and identify the most appropriate clinical path.
“This direct connection with local experts by bringing them in the back of an ambulance via FaceTime is something we want to explore further to see how it can be expanded into other areas of care for the benefit of our patients.”
Health Minister Edward Argar said: “Our paramedics and paramedics play a vital role on the NHS frontline, day in and day out.
“By deploying these iPads, we are harnessing modern technology, helping them to help you by allowing them to continue to provide the best emergency care faster to more patients.
“Investing in these devices will help the NHS to rebuild better by ensuring patients and staff benefit from the latest technology, and is part of our commitment through the NHS long-term plan to improve care for the future. “