Photo courtesy of K2 Medical Systems
Midwives and doctors in the Maternity Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital have introduced a new system for monitoring baby’s wellbeing during labour.
The new electronic bedside patient record system, known as The K2 Guardian, captures all patient information and supports communication between the mother and midwife or clinician by providing a focal point of interaction at the bedside that helps mums-to-be feel more involved in the management of their care during childbirth.
Bedside touch screen computers feed the recorded clinical information, plus the baby’s heart rate recording, directly to a central monitoring station where senior clinical staff can instantly review the information without needing to enter into the birthing room. This enables the mother to be cared for by her midwife in privacy without interruptions from others ‘popping in’ to check on their progress during labour.
Christine Harding, Consultant Midwife explained: “We know that the environment is a hugely significant factor in the woman’s experience and her ability to cope during labour. Being able to monitor how both mother and baby are doing from outside of the room offers great support to the midwife caring for them whilst keeping disturbances to a minimum. This is a very significant step to improving the safety and experience for our mothers.
“As well as improving access to information, the new system will also reduce the time it takes for staff to document progression during the different stages of labour, freeing up time to provide direct care to women when it is most needed”
As paper records are being replaced the risk of notes being misplaced, damaged or deteriorating is minimised. Capturing records electronically also ensures information is always legible, and a unique authentication process using a fingerprint to sign the records means that the authors are always identified.