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RFID in Blood Banking: Errorless Handling and Automatic Inventory of Samples

RFID Blood Bank Refrigerator Desmon

During the last decade an increasing demand for high-quality medical services has become an accepted norm. An essential part of overall quality of services is the quality and reliability of laboratory analysis. Billions of tests are processed and analyzed each year in biochemical and hematology laboratories, contributing to more than 70% of all medical decisions and analyses.

One of the biggest challenges medical laboratories face when dealing with large numbers of tests is an ability to label and track patients' samples and laboratory specimens accurately and rapidly to avoid delays, loss and misidentification errors.

In hospitals around the world the biggest concerns related to patient safety and healthcare efficiency are the following:

- Blood transfusion errors: a mistake which could cost a life
- Inventory control: ensuring accurate inventory control is essential to guarantee efficiency, planning, and supply of medical products

The traditional blood-handling process in many hospitals involves a number of manual steps with high probability of human mistakes. To ensure absolute quality of services, more and more hospitals now require modern and advanced solutions to provide high levels of accuracy, automation and reliability when handling laboratory specimens.

Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is a system that allows automatic scanning of bulk quantities of blood bags and products, real time tracking of their location, strict control of inventory and advanced planning for supplies. Additional features such as access card control ensures a restricted access to blood and other inventories by authorized personnel only.

Desmon Spa will present a new range of RFID equipped blood bank refrigerators together with the partner' company SpaceCode at Medica 2013, booth 01E29.