September 28, 2008

Less Talk Saves Time

Nurses are saving up to 30 minutes per shift thanks to a bright idea from one member of staff.

An innovative project thought up by Lincoln County Hospital nurse Samantha McCarthy is paying off, say managers.

Ms McCarthy, who works in the emergency admissions unit, came up with the idea to save time by scrapping verbal hand-overs between staff when changing shifts.

Instead, nurses starting their shifts are required to read patient notes.

The hospital says it has released nurses to spend more time on patient care.

Matron Tracy Reeve said: "Obviously this does not replace the need for nurses to communicate verbally with each other but it reduces the length of time nurses spend on hand-over at specific times of the day." Ms McCarthy also came up with the idea of issuing patients with earplugs to help them sleep.

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