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Case Study | Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – Royal Bolton Hospital

Path Lab Inventory Protection with a Wireless Remote Temperature Monitoring System

Background

Blood-bank temperature monitoring Case Study boltonnhsftThe Royal Bolton Hospital is part of a trust with an international reputation as a leader in healthcare improvement.

The hospital has a wide range of services and is a centre of excellence for maternity and children’s services, with a new central delivery suite, special care, neonatal intensive care and children’s unit.

It has a reputation as a good teaching and training organisation with an education centre, library and outstanding programme for staff learning and development.

The hospital received a CQC overall rating of Good in the report published on 10th August 2016

The Monitoring Need

Compliance drives the monitoring need at this NHS Trust and rigorous temperature monitoring to ISO15089 standards were detailed in this project for the Pathology Department across multiple sites within the hospital. 

Nine separate Pathology Departments are now monitored by Tutela, including; Blood Transfusion, Blood Sciences, Haematology, Microbiology, Histopathology Mortuary, Antenatal and Store rooms.

With Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to quality and efficiency, they sought to acquire a temperature monitoring system that would meet compliance requirements of ISO 15089, free up resources and reduce cost.  The search began a for a system that would meet its particular specifications. This included all day every day alarm notifications paired with a cost that was manageable. Their operations required 24/7 alarm coverage with real-time alarms to resolve excursions prior to the pre-set time limits for each monitored unit.

The Tutela Monitoring Solution

Royal Bolton Hospital found their solution in Tutela’s temperature monitoring system. While the installation of the Genesis 3 Monitoring System from Tutela was part of a wider service contract, the system satisfied the search for a high quality automated temperature monitoring system

Tutela delivered exactly what was needed at a cost that met Royal Bolton Hospital’s parameters.  The installation required 6 WARP units, 6 x Ethernet Repeaters, 7 x signal boosters from Tutela, all feeding through NHS N3 to a secure VPN, to ensure maximum security of connectivity.  The intuitive web-based interface allows users to gain access to, review and download their private sensing probe and incident audit records and provides vital real time data.

63 x single temperature sensors, 41 x Room Ambient sensors, 13 x dual temperature sensors, 2 x CO2 Independent sensors, totaling 116 sensor points are monitored constantly through the Tutela alarm bureau. This covered a mix of fridge, freezer, ambient, incubators, cold rooms, body stores and blood-bank temperature monitoring.

Being web based, the Tutela system meets the highest level of record security to its customers being fully compliant with FDA CFR 21 part 11, and allows comprehensive access to customer data at anytime, anywhere through the use of Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop or any device able to support a web browser.

Installation required minimal involvement of IT resources and little training to operate. 

The system was calibrated to ISO17025 by Tutela engineers with annual calibration to follow.

Mobile Cold Chain Temperature Monitoring

in addition to multi-site static monitoring system, Tutela also supplied ten TTMU temperature data loggers for maintaining viability of blood products in transit.

Key points

  • Remote alarming by real people is crucial for maximum inventory protection
  • Secure web access to the user interface maximises productivity
  • Specialist providers offer more focussed solution