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Combining ‘smart logbooks’ with Systems Thinking

Stephen Bartlett, an experienced information professional with considerable experience of resource planning, risk management, and healthcare estates management, considers how the updated HTM 03-01, Specialised ventilation for healthcare buildings can – as he puts it – be ‘a catalyst for continuous operational improvements and service transformation’.

This article considers how the recently updated HTM 03-01 can be a catalyst for continuous operational improvements and service transformation. When supported with a ‘smart logbook’, Authorised Persons (Ventilation) can play an increasingly important role in informing their Trust’s Ventilation Safety Group (VSG), while effectively discharging their responsibilities for the practical implementation and operation of management’s safety policy and procedures. A smart logbook increases the transparency of verification data, and improves overall situational awareness. If coupled with innovative management practices, this will also support team learning to build shared visions and a strong positive organisational culture which, in turn, enables every VSG to play a key role in optimising theatre availability

Our healthcare system is under increasing pressure, and it is essential that the availability of scarce resources such as operating theatres is optimised. Traditionally, experienced professionals have provided expert guidance to ensure that assets and service capacity are adequate to support demands. However, with rapidly advancing technology, and as more and more data becomes available, innovative systems-based processes will improve the management of resource availability. 

HTM 03-01 provides an excellent platform to transform workflows and ensure the optimum availability of ventilation systems when coupled with Systems Thinking and smart logbooks

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