Three years after trial installation of Abloy’s PROTEC2 CLIQ cylinders and keys system at Scunthorpe General Hospital, results show a marked improvement in drug security, patient care and nurses work life. Watch the video case study below:
Scunthorpe General Hospital previously used a traditional mechanical lock system to secure its drug cabinets, with ward managers holding a different key for each cupboard.
The problem: nurses wasted time searching for who had the keys, and trying to find out which key fitted which lock.
The Trust needed to find a way of being able to make this process more streamlined and easier for nurses – and save time and costs.
The Solution: Abloy’s PROTEC2 CLIQ system.
High-security cylinders and keys were initially fitted to drug cabinets and cupboards on one ward at Scunthorpe Hospital, as well as padlocks on fridges. Every nurse on the ward – including bank staff – had their own key, which was individually programmed to allow them specific access to the cupboards they needed to use.
The PROTEC2 CLIQ technology provided added benefits:
Following the initial trial three years ago, the Trust rolled out the PROTEC2 CLIQ system across an additional 20 wards per year.
Mike Urwin, Clinical Director of Pharmacy and Medicine Management at Scunthorpe Hospital commented: “Throughout the trial of PROTEC2 CLIQ we undertook research to discover how much time was actually spent on nurses looking for keys, and the results were astonishing. Typically a nurse would spend an average of 40 minutes per shift looking for keys, this equated to 250 minutes lost on a ward every day.
Over a year, if this equation was used across our wards, the lost time would be the equivalent of having an extra 24 nurses on duty every day across the whole Trust. The return on investment is incredible.
We estimated costs of about £3,500 per ward to install the system, and that money is saved in released nursing time in about two months. So that equates to a return on investment of 600 per cent in the first 12 months”.
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