The "Cruciform" Patient Evacuation System (CPES) is proving of great interest to Emergency Planning and Resilience Managers around the UK. A number of Trust managers are actively looking to introduce the system.
We have just been informed that the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is now about to order the system for their Trust. They will be the first London Trust to introduce the system.
The existing bar code and number strip has been updated with more numbered labels, 16 as opposed to 9, and more indicator labels, to ensure that the fullest information is available to rescuers and those transferring and/or receiving the victim. It will also mean that everyone dealing with the victim can take an adhesive label for their own records.
The new bar code and number strip is also made of new, waterproof, material with significantly improved marine adhesive, which can even stick to damp surfaces. It has a very high tack so sticks immediately and permanently and cannot be re-aligned once stuck. This quality improves the security of the labelled item as labels cannot be transferred. The numbered wrist band can be cut off, of course, but once wrapped round the wrist and stuck down, cannot be unstuck.
The above improvement applies to both the existing "Cruciform" triage cards and the new "Cruciform" Patient Evacuation System cards.
We have taken this step as part of our continuing efforts to improve our products, which remain the best products available.
Due to rises in the cost of paper and production, we are having to raise prices at the end of this year.
Prices will rise between 5 and 10% and this is the first rise in 2 years but, despite greater efficiency, we cannot absorb the cost pressures any longer. The new prices will come into effect on 1 January 2013.
Our products continue to be improved with new features, such as better number/bar code strips, and most will have GS1 bar codes by the end of the year.
What we produce is the nationally recognised standard for emergency documentation and will still be made to the highest quality by a dedicated and motivated UK workforce.
You can remain confident that you will be getting the very best products and systems available in the market.
Earlier this year the Maidstone, Kent (MTW) trials of the new Cruciform Patient Evacuation System completed successfully. The outcomes have been documented and will be published in journals this autumn.
In the meantime the report can be found here.
The CPES card has recently been further revised so it now contains the Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) Module. The MEWS is a simple guide used by hospital nursing & medical staff as well as emergency medical services such as ambulance services, to quickly determine the degree of illness of a patient.
It is based on data derived from four physiological readings (systolic blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature) and one observation (level of consciousness, AVPU). The resulting observations are compared to a normal range to generate a single composite score.
The new MEWS Module allows for 12 readings to be taken and recorded. Each of the readings and the observation is given a number, ranging from 0 (normal range) to 1, 2 or 3, depending on the variance from the normal range.
This will make the system more sensitive to patients will illness rather than trauma. All the cards after this date will have the MEWS Module inside