Barcode medical equipment

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Intravenous news: More than a third of nurses waste up to two hours a shift searching for missing medical equipment, a survey suggests. This equates to 40 hours a month and £900m of NHS wages a year spent hunting for missing pumps, drip stands, thermometers and drugs cupboard keys. Of the 989 nurses surveyed, nearly all had spent up to an hour locating kit.

The not-for-profit data standards group GS1 UK, which commissioned the study with Nursing Times, said bar code scanning could solve this.

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