Hovis The Therapy Dog Joins Scan4Safety

Senior ICU Sister Kate Tantam holding a Scan4Safety handheld barcode scanner and Hovis the Therapy Dog

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS trust (UHP) is one of six national pilot sites that have introduced Scan4Safety. This trust-wide transformation programme aims to increase patient safety, improve patient experience and reduce operational costs by adopting GS1 identification standards.

Within Healthcare GS1 standards uniquely identify, accurately capture and automatically share information about Patients, Products and Places (operational locations) by scanning barcodes. The adoption of this initiative has enabled UHP to save valuable staff time, reduce costs and quickly provide access to patient information.

We are currently trialling Scan4Safety for rehabilitation equipment in Critical Care to track the utilisation of equipment, effectively supporting the case for potential investment and evaluation of impact.  The Rehabilitation team are also one of the only Critical Cares in the UK to have an embedded Animal Assisted Intervention team.  Hovis the labradoodle and his owner Moira are key members of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Rehabilitation Team.  The team support patients with physiotherapy interventions, targeted limb movement and supports the humanisation of ICU by improving patient experience.

Hovis has recently become a part of Scan4Safety and now has his own barcode allowing us to track his patient interactions.  This automation of the audit of his work, will reduce the administrative burdens in the ICU team and will allow us to track his clinical impact.

Hovis the Therapy Dog


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