New blood tracking system for DGH

THE DGH is introducing a state-of-the-art blood tracking system in an effort to improve patient safety.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, is pushing ahead with plans to install the new technology, named Bloodhound, to control access to and from all blood fridges.

The idea is that only approved staff will be allowed to access blood, while the tracking system has a stack of safeguards to make sure the right blood gets into the right patient.

The firm behind Bloodhound, MSoft, is also in talks with the Trust about introducing its bedside management system which would allow each bar-coded blood unit to be matched with the patient’s bar-coded wristband.

Matt McAlister, of MSoft, said, “We are delighted to have been selected by East Sussex to provide the Trust’s hospitals with our Bloodhound system which will significantly enhance patient safety.

“East Sussex is an extremely busy Trust which has rightly recognised the importance of harnessing the very best in 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.

“East Sussex is also the first contract we have won since being selected to be on the NHS Supply Chain list of providers which aims to simplify the procurement process.”