How to Ensure That Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers Never Run Out of Blood
All blood is precious, but type O-negative blood has especially high importance in Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers. Shortage of blood is a barrier to properly treat trauma patients, provide blood transfusions, and conduct surgeries. For patients whose lives hang in the balance, Trauma Centers and Emergency Departments require Type O-negative blood to perform life-saving procedures. O-negative blood is often called the ‘universal blood type’ because nearly anyone can receive it. This makes it vitally important in an emergency or when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
Trauma Centers and Emergency Departments need to document blood at a high level to make sure that they keep an accurate count of inventory and re-order blood when needed. However, due to the hectic nature of their operations, Trauma Centers and Emergency Departments often struggle to properly document blood. Currently they’re required to track blood when it arrives in their department, keep a clear record of which blood was used on which patients, and stay on top of other important data like expiration dates. Another challenge with tracking blood is that it has a shelf life of 48 days, so any miscalculation in record-keeping can lead to wasted blood, which hospitals absolutely cannot afford.
Mobile Aspects has produced a solution to automatically document the usage of blood, with a clear goal that Emergency Departments and Trauma Centers never run out of uncrossmatched blood by keeping an accurate record of blood and making sure it is always ordered when needed. iRISecure-Blood is the first and only RFID (radio frequency identification) blood tracking and documentation system designed specifically for Trauma Centers and Emergency Departments. The product was designed to bring automation to Trauma Centers and EDs so that staff can focus on the patient rather than filling out grueling forms and data logs. The system can be integrated with the blood supplier’s information systems to provide seamless communication between a blood bank and its blood supplier, as well as to the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to provide automatic documentation in the patient’s medical record. The system also automatically records valuable information about each blood transfusion such as serial number and expiration date. Alerts are provided to remind hospital staff about expiration dates and blood that has been out of cold storage for too long.
iRISecure-Blood solves many documentation and workflow issues that most Trauma Centers and Emergency Departments face. With this new solution, Trauma Centers can make sure they never run out of uncrosmatched blood. Sign up for a demo today to learn more about iRISecure-Blood.