The majority of hospitals, clinics and pharmacy departments across the UK use traditional mechanical lock systems to control and maintain the security of their drug cabinets. A typical hospital ward will have several cupboards and fridges with a different key for each and the ward manager or nurse, who is on duty for that time period, will be responsible for these keys for the duration of their shift.
However, Mike Urwin, Director of Pharmacy and Medicine Management at Scunthorpe Hospital highlighted a key flaw in the current medicine management system employed throughout the NHS, “a nurse will spend an average of 40 minutes per shift looking for keys.” Consequently, this can inevitably compromise the security of these drug cabinets, as they will be left open for longer than necessary when the correct key is being searched for. Valuable time is inevitably lost on the ward, not only when nurses are searching for their keys but also when they have to spend time trying to work out which key fits the lock in question.
With Abloy CLIQ, each staff member is assigned their own key granting them access for their shift; ultimately saving the time wasted looking for other key-holders or looking for the right key for the lock. Abloy CLIQ also removes the security issue that arises when a key is misplaced- as the electromechanical system enables a lost key to be simply deleted from the system. Significantly, this saves the time and money wasted from having to change the locks on every occasion that an important key is misplaced or stolen.
Abloy CLIQ contains an audit trail which allows users of the system to track who last used each drug cabinet and at which time they used it- further increasing the security of the ward. One of the main benefits of Abloy CLIQ is the convenience that it offers to the end user. For example, in the NHS, the ward managers at the hospital are able to access all of the cabinets and cupboards that they need to use with just one key, as opposed to the multiple keys that they would need to have access to, with a traditional mechanical lock system.