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Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has developed a tool that predicts the need for PPE using its TeleTracking technology.
The trust measured interaction with possible confirmed Covid-19 cases using its TeleTracking patient and staff system alongside its real-time location system (RTLS).
The data analysis allowed the trust to measure the amount of PPE likely to be needed day-by-day and week-by-week by frontline staff.
TeleTracking UK’s data analysts have been able to audit the number of interactions between staff and possible and confirmed Covid-19 patients over each 24-hour period since 10 March.
Clare Nash, senior nurse for clinical procurement, said: “Given the demands on the NHS overall, we need to be able to more reliably predict PPE use based on staff contacts with patients.
“We knew that we had the capability to do this within our existing reporting, but no time. The TeleTracking team have been able to run the initial analysis across our affected wards which gave us an indication of PPE usage.
“We have then been able to map this and look at predicted required numbers to keep staff and patients safe. This analysis has both local and potentially wider importance; because not only is it vital in ensuring the safety of our staff locally, but it can help ensure we do not over-order PPE that is much needed across the NHS.”