New bags ensure safer transfer of critically ill patients

Release Date: 21/09/2018

New bags ensure safer transfer of critically ill patients

The High Dependency Unit (HDU) at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital has recently invested in a new standard kit bag to transfer patients that is expected to save staff significant amounts of time.

The Oswestry-based hospital has invested in two bags – one for adults and one for children - to support front-line staff when transferring critically ill patients.

The standardised patient transfer bag was first launched by the NHS North West London Critical Care Network and was designed by doctors and nurses. The bag was rolled out across all North West London hospitals back in December 2016 and since then has been adopted by a variety of Trusts across the country.

Nicki Bellinger, Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “The bag was designed with human factors in mind as familiarity with environment, processes and equipment reduces the risks that are associated with critical care transfers.

“The bag provides quick and easy access for staff during a transfer – it features colour coded and clearly labelled sections for quick access which have an ‘open book’ design and clear panels to enable easy identification of required equipment.

“We asked the West Midlands Critical Care Network if they were able to create a paediatric transfer patient bag too for our paediatric patients.

“When you’re working in critical care, it’s vital for everyone to work quickly and calmly and the transfer bags allow staff to do this.”


Picture caption: Lowri Mansell, HDU Manager; Dr Ciaran Moran, Consultant Anaesthetist; Rachel Anslow HDU Ward Clerk; and Nicki Bellinger, Deputy Director of Nursing, with the new patient transfer bags.

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