The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust builds Analysis Reports that measure and predict PPE Numbers during Covid-19
Using its TeleTracking patient and staff tracking & RTLS technology, RWT is measuring patient / staff interaction with possible and confirmed Covid-19 patients
Data analysis requested by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) allowed the Trust to measure the amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is likely to be needed day-by-day and week-by-week by front-line staff caring for possible and confirmed Covid-19 patients.
Using the Trust’s TeleTracking patient and staff tracking solution in combination with Real-time Location System (RTLS) sensors, TeleTracking UK’s data analysts have been able to audit the number of interactions between staff and possible and confirmed Covid-19 patients over each 24-hour period since 10th March.
Mapped against NHS guidance on the use of PPE and modelled in line with the predicted trends of the Covid-19 virus, RWT has been able to measure and predict in advance the number of PPE it is likely to require.
The data from 10th March – 9th April shows that across five wards, there are on average 21 staff interactions per Covid-19 patient each day. The data also showed a trend which suggested that the requirement for PPE would increase by a factor of 1.5 every 7 days, so the requirement on any day will be 50% higher than was needed 7 days prior.
Clare Nash, Senior Nurse for Clinical Procurement, comments: “Given the demands on the NHS overall, we need to be able to more reliably predict PPE use based on staff contacts with patients. We knew that we had the capability to do this within our existing reporting, but no time! The TeleTracking team have been able to run the initial analysis across our affected wards which gave us an indication of PPE usage. We have then been able to map this and look at predicted required numbers to keep staff and patients safe.
“This analysis has both local and potentially wider importance; because not only is it vital in ensuring the safety of our staff locally, but it can help ensure we do not over-order PPE that is much needed across the NHS.”
Neil Griffiths, Managing Director, TeleTracking UK, comments: “The team here has been working around the clock to support our clients and the NHS in whatever way we can. We are proud to be able to contribute by giving insight that is going to help keep front-line staff across the NHS safe by having the right equipment at the right time.”