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Virtual blood bank.

Wong KF - J Pathol Inform (2011)

Bottom Line: It connects the site of testing to the point of care at a remote site in a real-time fashion with networked computers thus maintaining the integrity of immunohematology test results.It has taken the advantages of information and communication technologies to ensure the accuracy of patient, specimen and blood component identification and to enhance personnel traceability and system security.Thus, the virtual blood bank can help ensure that the right patient receives the right amount of the right blood component at the right time.

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Affiliation: Department of Pathology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China.

ABSTRACT
Virtual blood bank is the computer-controlled, electronically linked information management system that allows online ordering and real-time, remote delivery of blood for transfusion. It connects the site of testing to the point of care at a remote site in a real-time fashion with networked computers thus maintaining the integrity of immunohematology test results. It has taken the advantages of information and communication technologies to ensure the accuracy of patient, specimen and blood component identification and to enhance personnel traceability and system security. The built-in logics and process constraints in the design of the virtual blood bank can guide the selection of appropriate blood and minimize transfusion risk. The quality of blood inventory is ascertained and monitored, and an audit trail for critical procedures in the transfusion process is provided by the paperless system. Thus, the virtual blood bank can help ensure that the right patient receives the right amount of the right blood component at the right time.

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Workflow and audit of remote release of unmatched blood. Electronic records are kept for the activities marked by . RBCs = red cells; TAT = turnaround time
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Figure 2: Workflow and audit of remote release of unmatched blood. Electronic records are kept for the activities marked by . RBCs = red cells; TAT = turnaround time

Mentions: Some systems can release group O blood for unmatched transfusion.[6] Our group has pioneered the provision of group-identical unmatched blood for intraoperative transfusion during dire emergency.[4] Group O blood will be issued if the blood group of the recipient is not yet known. If the blood group is known (with a historic record in the BBLIS) and has been confirmed from a current specimen, the non-laboratory staff at the remote site will be instructed to take group-identical blood for transfusion and group O blood will no longer be issued. Furthermore, a real-time indication of the expected time for completion of the antibody screen and possible availability of computer crossmatch-compatible blood (for those with a negative antibody screen) will be given once the blood bank has received and registered the specimen and the antibody screen has been processed [Figure 2]. This is estimated from the registration time of the specimen and the promised turnaround time of the antibody screen. Keeping the clinician informed of the progress of the antibody screen will facilitate decision making in emergency transfusion and reduce the need of unmatched blood.[21] The blood bank will be alerted immediately if unmatched blood has been issued.


Virtual blood bank.

Wong KF - J Pathol Inform (2011)

Workflow and audit of remote release of unmatched blood. Electronic records are kept for the activities marked by . RBCs = red cells; TAT = turnaround time
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 2: Workflow and audit of remote release of unmatched blood. Electronic records are kept for the activities marked by . RBCs = red cells; TAT = turnaround time
Mentions: Some systems can release group O blood for unmatched transfusion.[6] Our group has pioneered the provision of group-identical unmatched blood for intraoperative transfusion during dire emergency.[4] Group O blood will be issued if the blood group of the recipient is not yet known. If the blood group is known (with a historic record in the BBLIS) and has been confirmed from a current specimen, the non-laboratory staff at the remote site will be instructed to take group-identical blood for transfusion and group O blood will no longer be issued. Furthermore, a real-time indication of the expected time for completion of the antibody screen and possible availability of computer crossmatch-compatible blood (for those with a negative antibody screen) will be given once the blood bank has received and registered the specimen and the antibody screen has been processed [Figure 2]. This is estimated from the registration time of the specimen and the promised turnaround time of the antibody screen. Keeping the clinician informed of the progress of the antibody screen will facilitate decision making in emergency transfusion and reduce the need of unmatched blood.[21] The blood bank will be alerted immediately if unmatched blood has been issued.

Bottom Line: It connects the site of testing to the point of care at a remote site in a real-time fashion with networked computers thus maintaining the integrity of immunohematology test results.It has taken the advantages of information and communication technologies to ensure the accuracy of patient, specimen and blood component identification and to enhance personnel traceability and system security.Thus, the virtual blood bank can help ensure that the right patient receives the right amount of the right blood component at the right time.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Pathology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China.

ABSTRACT
Virtual blood bank is the computer-controlled, electronically linked information management system that allows online ordering and real-time, remote delivery of blood for transfusion. It connects the site of testing to the point of care at a remote site in a real-time fashion with networked computers thus maintaining the integrity of immunohematology test results. It has taken the advantages of information and communication technologies to ensure the accuracy of patient, specimen and blood component identification and to enhance personnel traceability and system security. The built-in logics and process constraints in the design of the virtual blood bank can guide the selection of appropriate blood and minimize transfusion risk. The quality of blood inventory is ascertained and monitored, and an audit trail for critical procedures in the transfusion process is provided by the paperless system. Thus, the virtual blood bank can help ensure that the right patient receives the right amount of the right blood component at the right time.

No MeSH data available.