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New technology is changing nurses’ daily work, with many welcome devices freeing up time for patient care.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust lead nurse for medicines management Karen Roe says she is suddenly ‘very popular’ after introducing a new key system.

The PROTEC2 CLIQ electro-mechanical locking system, made by security experts Abloy UK, means every nurse on the ward, including bank staff, now has an individually programmed key to access drug cabinets, fridges and cupboards.

The system allows her, as main administrator, to permit access to drug cabinets centrally and delete access completely if a key is lost or falls into the wrong hands.

‘Nurses can care for their named patients without having to wait for a colleague to finish the drug round in her bay. Drugs can be given on time and at intermittent times, rather than at one big drug round,’ she says.

Initially, some staff suspected that the system was a management tool to check up on

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