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West Hertfordshire Hospitals successfully digitised their Trauma and Orthopaedics department

Learn how our cloud-based solution enabled the digital transformation of a trauma department; facilitating, tracking, and monitoring the care of patients from injury to rehab.

CASE STUDY 

Overview

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a busy regional centre with 600 beds and 9 theatres. In 2017-18, the Trust incurred 139,000 emergency attendances.

 

Alongside the acute orthopaedic trauma referrals, a further 6,000 referrals were received through the virtual fracture clinic (VFC). A seamless digital solution was required, incorporating both referral pathways and encapsulating the full patient journey: from injury to rehab.

Adopting a user-centred design methodology, our team implemented a digital transformation project alongside the Trust, on our Pathpoint eTrauma digital platform, customised specifically to the needs of the department. Pathpoint is now revolutionising how the team manages its acute admissions and Virtual Fracture Clinic.

THE CHALLENGE

The morning trauma meeting, a daily occurrence in NHS hospitals across the country, is intended to be an effective handover and planning forum. The team found that this was becoming ineffective due to the increasing number of referrals and significant time spent identifying patients’ location in the care system, and coordinating their care through multiple channels, including ward lists, multiple whiteboards, and paper theatre lists.

OUTCOMES

Realised Benefits

Reduced Length of Stay

12%

decrease in admissions, reduced length of stay of a trauma patient from 8 days to 7 days

More Day Cases

26%

of trauma list patients operated as planned day case procedures

Target Achievement

91%

of femoral neck fractures operated within 36 hours. 94.1% of VFC patients assessed in under 72 hours

Cost Saving

£1,464,500

cost saving

Highly Efficient

5 min

Reduced Time to Treatment

20%

maximum time for all assessment on eTrauma

time reduction from injury to treatment 

Minimise Attendances

48%

of patients treated with validated protocols from point of care. 25% requiring no further attendance

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