Safety boost at hospitals

Alnwick views'Alnwick Infirmary/Hospital
Alnwick views'Alnwick Infirmary/Hospital
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Innovative blood-tracking systems to enhance patient safety have been introduced by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Leading healthcare technology company MSoft eSolutions has been selected to provide what is known as the ‘Bloodhound’ solution.

It will be introduced immediately across five of the trust’s network of nine hospitals – serving more than 500,000 patients – including Alnwick.

Bloodhound controls access to and from all blood fridges, providing 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 in-depth auditing of all bloods across each and every stage of the transfusion process, to help get the right blood into the right patient.

Matt McAlister, managing director of MSoft eSolutions, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to provide the trust with our Bloodhound system which will significantly enhance patient safety.

“We won the contract as a result of being chosen to be part of the NHS Supply Chain Purchasing Framework.

“This is a busy trust with more than 1,200 beds 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.

“Northumbria represents our latest contract win having previously won all eight of the tenders we bid for during the past financial year. This achievement vindicates all the hard work and innovation we bring to our product development and delivery.”

MSoft will also be working with hospitals at Wansbeck, North Tyneside, Hexham and Berwick. The Bloodhound system will be integrated into the £75million specialist emergency care hospital due to open in East Cramlington in 2014.