Epsom and St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust was formed in 1999, bringing together four hospitals – Epsom, St Helier, Sutton and Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children. The Trust provides an extensive range of services to nearly 900,000 people in South West London and North East Surrey, including Sutton, Merton and Epsom.
The remote support service
At St Helier Hospital, when their point-of-care (POC) service was quite new, Radiometer was at the start of it. Helen Berry, point-of-care coordinator (POCC) at St Helier and Epsom hospital, recalls the early beginnings of POC testing.
When operators first worked with the newly installed ABL90 FLEX blood gas analysers, Ray, Radiometer’s local Senior Medical Service Engineer frequently visited the hospital to provide service and support.
Remote performance monitoring with installing LIVE Connect
With LIVE Connect—a service that helps you partner with Radiometer to reduce analyser downtime and remain compliant—operators continue to contact Ray to raise challenges with the analyser. However, this time, LIVE Connect enables Ray to figure out solutions to challenges from his computer. In some cases, he may not even need to go to the hospital.
Helen explains that, "if I say to Ray 'I think there’s an issue with this machine,' he could tell me if it was an issue, how long the analyser has been green for, how long it has been down for. That kind of thing is useful. It’s basically running itself. We have a lot of things to look after, so ease of use and the fact that it’s sort-of ticking along nicely, is probably what’s best for us."
Remote performance monitoring and high analyser uptime
As the POCC, Helen checks her point-of-care IT solution, AQURE, everyday. While she would generally monitor blood gas analysers from AQURE, operators on the ward are trained to do basic maintenance.
When operators are not able to solve a problem, Helen steps in and assists them. And when Helen cannot solve the problem, that’s where LIVE Connect comes in.
The Medical Service Engineer gets an overview of the connected analysers in the hospital. He supports the hospital by monitoring the performance of the analysers remotely.
LIVE Connect’s feature of remote performance monitoring as a service gives Helen peace of mind. She knows that she can get a second opinion when it comes to assessing analyser challenges.
Helen emphasises the value of the uptime of the analyser. She explains that, "we can't have downtime because the analysers are in two hospitals, and we've got them at A&E and ICU and the neonatal unit. They need to be constantly in use. So LIVE Connect helps if Ray can diagnose things quicker, there's less downtime."