Milestone reached on electronic prescribing and administration as one millionth drug administered

A major milestone has been reached in the rollout of electronic Prescribing and Medicine Administration (ePMA) at the Trust.

The one millionth drug administration took place on January 22.

nurse sat with computer screen holding a certificate and hamper

Kayleigh Reynolds was the staff member to administer the one millionth drug on ePMA

Kayleigh Reynolds, staff nurse on ward 19 at Scunthorpe hospital, administered the drug and was presented with a hamper and certificate by the ePMA team.

So far over 220,000 prescriptions have been inputted onto the system, replacing hand written ones.

ePMA was first launched at Goole hospital in October 2019 and has since been successfully implemented across Scunthorpe wards, even during the pandemic.

The Grimsby hospital rollout is due to start in the Spring.

ePMA reduces the chance of errors being made when prescribing or administering medicines. Doctors can use the system to check appropriate doses and to cross check for allergies as well as drug interactions while they are prescribing. Nurses can see clearly what drug and dose has been prescribed and they can look up information on drugs at their fingertips rather than referring to the paper copy of the formulary. There’s also a clear record of who has administered what and when.

The Trust has been able to make the move from paper to digital thanks to a £940,000 slice of national funding.

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