Standardisation can make a difference in healthcare. And while
standardisation might not make headlines very often, what happens
when it’s missing – especially in the NHS – often does.
The pressure on the NHS to deliver more for less increases in line
with the stories we hear about mistakes made in the operating
rooms, mis-medication and the hours wasted looking for recalled
devices, medicines or equipment. We hear time and time again that
this level of inefficiency can put patient safety at risk and increase
pressure on healthcare professionals, and that the NHS wastes
billions of pounds on these preventable errors. Glen Hodgson, Head
of Healthcare at GS1 UK, draws up the vital role of standardisation
for the NHS’s future.