Beds deal benefits patients 

08/04/2015 00:00 
An innovative deal with medical suppliers Medstrom to supply more than 1,000 new beds is helping UCLH to drive down the risk of patients developing pressure ulcers.
UCLH set a target of reducing pressure ulcers by 50 per cent in 2014-15, and is on track to meet that goal. A raft of measures has contributed to that success, including an increase in the number of beds available to wards and a reduction in delivery time brought about by the new contract.

Medstrom is also supplying the latest mattresses, patient trolleys and associated products as well as providing a maintenance service.

The seven year contract, signed in 2014, was driven by the UCLH Procurement team with input from Nursing, Finance, Medical Physics and IT, and saves staff time while giving a better service for patients. The contract also saves money compared to previous arrangements for maintenance and additional hire costs for products such as low beds and bariatric beds.

Phil Adams-Howell, clinical procurement lead nurse, said: “This contract is unlike any other bed contract we’ve previously had, or any other NHS organisation has currently got. It pulls together the supply and maintenance of our beds into one agreement.  It incorporates a renewal of UCLH’s bed fleet, service KPI’s, maintenance of beds and specialist mattresses, all leading to an improved service for our patients.”

Performance targets are much more stringent than under previous contracts – for example, between 8am and 7pm, critical care areas such as ITU can expect to get a bed, mattress or repair within an hour (two hours for general wards). It also provides the flexibility for wards and departments to be added to the critical list – should a ward see an increase in pressure ulcers.

The new beds not only help reduce the risk of people developing pressure ulcers, particularly those who are elderly, frail or critically ill, but are also safer and more comfortable for all patients. They include new ITU beds which are fully equipped to carry out therapeutic measures such as percussion and tilting to aid treatment of conditions such as acuter lung injuries and adult respiratory distress syndrome.

Once a patient has been assessed, ward staff can order a particular type of bed and mattress either on-line or by phone, and the ward sister will automatically be notified.  All requests are then able to be tracked using the on-line system.

Rachel Apsey, Sales and Marketing Director for Medstrom, said: “Medstrom is an independent service provider which focuses on service delivery of patient surfaces. We’re not a manufacturer and so we’re able to offer and deliver a customised, tailored service to ensure clinical outcomes are met. We’re really focused on working with UCLH to help them achieve objectives such as reduction in hospital acquired pressure ulcers, patient falls and reduction in complications associated with immobility.”

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