Blood nurses shortlisted for national award

UHCW Hospital transfusion team

Nurses in Coventry created an innovative clinical app and have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Hospital Transfusion Team at the city’s University Hospital worked with ICT colleagues to create an app which uses an algorithm which helps clinicians determine if a patient should be given a blood transfusion and if a patient does require a blood transfusion the app utilises a calculator to determine how much blood to give. Volume is based upon body weight.

The team have been shortlisted in the Technology and Data in Nursing category at this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

This innovation ensures patients get the right treatment and aids clinicians to make appropriate decisions. It also enables the hospital to conserve blood supplies and has reduced the amount of blood used each year by 1000 units despite seeing more patients and treating some of the most serious patients as a Major Trauma Centre.

Janine Beddow, Modern Matron, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award.

“The app has made a huge impact with doctors and nurses on the frontline and means patients are receiving the right treatment, additionally we’re using precious blood supplies more effectively.”

Nina Fraser, Chief Nursing Officer, said: “I’m so proud of Janine and the team who created this app. It’s a shining example of UHCW using technology and data to benefit our patients.”

The awards take place on November 2 at a ceremony in London.