Hi-Tech automated medicine cabinets with fingerprint recognition technology have been introduced at Leeds hospitals.
They allow nurses to type which medicine they need to access and the system will open the drawer containing that medicine. It means there is an audit trail and reduces the chances of human error – as well as removing the need for keys.
The cabinets are now in use in various areas of Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital. Romy Smith, senior sister on the Acute Medical Unit, said: ‘We’re delighted with our new system. We are easily able to check what stock is available, and no longer have to spend time searching through cupboards to see if a particular medicine is in stock.”
Julie Groves, senior sister at the Emergency Department, added: “It’s great not to hear the common shout of ‘who’s got the keys?’ around the department.”