PATIENTS are less likely to be administered the wrong medication or get mixed up by staff with the introduction of new electronic wristbands at West Middlesex Hospital.
The new wristbands which have been implemented nationwide are printed with two barcodes that store the patients' details, ensuring the information is accurate up to date and clear.
Previously the information was written onto wristbands which meant it was easily miscopied, hard to read and prone to getting smudged.
Staff at the hospital have access to wireless technology such as computers on wheels, tablet PCs and soon will carry wristband scanners.
Director of nursing and Midwifery, Yvonne Franks, said: "We are dedicated to improving all aspects of patient safety and this new initiative is a sign of our commitment to this.
"These new wristbands will not only increase patient safety, but there are many additional benefits including increasing the amount of time doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have to spend on patient care."