STRUCTURE: East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is investing in a new deteriorating patient monitoring system.

The trust’s hospitals will be the first in Kent to use the VitalPAC system, according to the FT. Installation will start over the next few months with the aim of having it up and running throughout the trust by next autumn.

VitalPAC automatically analyses this information, along with data such as blood test results stored in other hospital databases, and identifies priority patients using an early warning score.

An urgent alert is given if the score reveals the patient to be in need of immediate medical attention.

Julie Pearce, chief nurse and director of quality and operations, said: “This system will ensure we identify deteriorating patients quickly throughout the hospital. It is a very user friendly system and is well-liked by staff in hospitals where it is already in use.”

Studies have shown that with VitalPAC there are three times fewer errors in patient risk assessment than with traditional pen and paper methods.