Welch Allyn
Join St George’s Hospital to learn how they have begun recording the National Early Warning Score electronically, without the need for tablets


A webinar on Tuesday 22nd September between 12.30 – 1.30pm will explore the decision in 2015 by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to automate the charting of routine patient observations and Early Warning Scores to their Cerner EMR.


The aim: to eliminate transcription errors, keeping the nurse at the bedside – the title of the webinar.


Register now to hear the core team of staff from Medical Physics, IT and Critical Care, who will host the webinar, explain how patient data is seamlessly sent directly from the medical devices to the medical record.


As a result, automated monitoring is set to transform patient care at the hospital–with cross-department collaboration a major factor in the project’s success..


St George’s, a major trauma centre treating around 170 cases per month, made the decision to equip many wards with 144 Welch Allyn Connex Vital Signs Monitors (CVSM), with an integrated Early Warning Scoring feature. Initial rollout on a pilot ward began in June 2015 with resounding success.


Now integrated with the Trust’s Cerner Millennium electronic medical record (EMR), the Connex system provides total connectivity.  As a result, patient observations can be sent directly from the medical device straight to the electronic patient records, virtually eliminating errors and delay and without nursing staff leaving a patient’s bedside.


Instant reporting means that patient deterioration can be picked up instantly and as a result, care is directed where it will make the most difference, leading to improved efficiencies and outcomes.


The webinar will be led by Jonathan Silver, Clinical Scientist, Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering; Deborah Dawson, Critical Care Nurse Consultant; and Liz Powell, IT Project Manager.


Taking place at 12.30-1.30pm, it will cover key topics including:

  • The challenges and importance of Early Warning Scores
  • How the decision to move to electronic observation recording was agreed
  • The key benefits – from improved patient safety and nurses’ workflow to a substantial step along the path to the Trust’s goal of becoming ‘paper-light’
  • How clinical engineering, procurement, clinicians and IT departments were involved in driving the project forward
  • Finance – how St George’s accessed funding for ’connected’ devices


Those interested should register at www.welchallyn.org.uk/stgeorges before 5pm on September 18th.

The webinar will be recorded and made available afterwards for anyone unable to attend.



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