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A standardised storage solution for venepuncture/cannulation equipment could save an NHS hospital the equivalent of a whole junior doctor
Junior doctors, nursing staff, and phlebotomists spend a large proportion of their time taking blood samples and siting (venous)
cannulae. Approximately 350 blood samples are taken daily across 25 wards at the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust. There
is no standard storage solution for venepuncture or cannulation equipment. On-call junior doctors cover most of the hospital’s
wards. Time is wasted locating essential equipment on unfamiliar wards and nurses are frequently interrupted to assist. These
delays can compromise patient safety in emergencies as well as contributing to a source of daily inefficiency.
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