Patients living in East Kent will benefit from the introduction of a range of innovative blood-tracking systems including the use of Apple iPods at the bedside.
MSoft eSolutions’ Bloodhound solution will be implemented at East Kent University NHS Foundation Trust, which has five hospitals in its catchment area.
Bloodhound controls access to and from all blood fridges, while a bedside management system allows each barcoded blood unit to be matched with the patient’s barcoded wristband in a matter of seconds.
The systems provide further enhanced security and safety by ensuring that only approved staff are allowed to access blood. The firm’s blood-tracking solution provides positive identification of users and patients and indepth auditing of all bloods across each and every stage of the transfusion process, to help get the right blood into the right patient.
The trust, which serves a population of more than 759,000 people, will also be rolling out MSoft’s Sample360 blood samples labelling system, which dramatically reduces the number of rejected samples.
And, in a further innovation, East Kent will be arming some of its staff with Apple iPod technology at the bedside thanks to the latest Bloodhound software application.
The trust has rightly recognised the importance of harnessing the very best in modern, innovative and flexible technology as part of its overall patient care
Matt McAlister, managing director of MSoft eSolutions, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by East Kent to provide the trust with a comprehensive range of systems which will significantly enhance patient safety.
“This is an extremely busy trust which has a proven track record of putting patient safety at the top of its agenda. It has rightly recognised the importance of harnessing the very best in modern, innovative and flexible technology as part of its overall patient care.
“Hospitals need to know that the technology they invest in will provide them with the sophisticated, efficient and, most importantly, secure and safe systems they require.”
Angela Green, blood transfusion co-ordinator for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are excited to be one of the first trusts to implement the MSoft Bloodhound solution on Apple iPod devices. When we first started discussing the project we made it clear that we needed the application to work on the iPod as the trust had already invested heavily in technology for our early warning system used to highlight the deteriorating patient.
Hospitals need to know that the technology they invest in will provide them with the sophisticated, efficient and, most importantly, secure and safe systems they require
“MSoft rose to the challenge and the finished application looks even better than we ever anticipated.”