A yellow bracelet which contains patient records will soon be available to all people who receive care, either at home or in residential care, which can be scanned to allow instant access to medical information.
This innovative scheme, which has been developed by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS), enables health and care professionals to access information about a person’s care and the support they have available at home in an emergency.
The bracelet can be scanned in hospital, or by ambulance crews and community or care teams. Giving health and care staff instant access to this information can help to avoid unnecessary hospital attendance or admission, reduce a patient’s length of stay in hospital and help people maintain their independence at home.
Felicity Cox, executive lead for the BLMK Integrated Care System and accountable officer for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“We live in a culture of instant information and it is wonderful that this is now being introduced to health and care. The Yellow Bracelets ensure that people can get the right care at the right time, which will improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“By integrating health and social care services in this way, residents receive a more effective service from health providers and it has the potential to improve the care that residents receive and could help people live independently at home.”