07 Jul Deer Lodge Medical Center Blood Bank Access Software
Many organizations, specifically Critical Access Hospitals, are continuing to utilize outdated methods of managing their internal blood bank systems. The blood bank is one of the most important sections in the laboratory and requires specific attention to details. It was identified that commercial blood bank software is too expensive and complex and would not meet the needs of a small volume laboratory. We decided that we would manually build a blood bank platform to replace the old system of blood bank workup and in an effort to meet the needs of our organization.
The Blood Bank Access is a simple and easy to use blood bank software developed by the Laboratory Director of Deer Lodge Medical Center in Deer Lodge, MT. It is customized to meet the need of the small volume laboratory and is developed based on the Microsoft Access platform. Our Blood Bank Access addresses the important needs of reviewing patient history, blood type, antibodies, and transfusions. In addition, our Blood Bank Access also eliminates the chances of data entry errors by the technologist through use of the hand-held barcode scanner and the cost is very minimal compared to commercial blood bank software
Through implementation, we were able to incorporate a missing piece into our Electronic Health Record (EPIC), upgrade the blood bank system, improve reporting time, prevent lost charges, and most importantly IMPROVED PATIENT SAFETY!
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