Critical gaps in your blood transport monitoring processes?
Blood Transport Monitoring
Approximately 1,700,000 blood donations are made each year, and it is suggested that roughly 10% of those blood donations are lost often due to blood transport issues such as expiration, temperature breach or burst packaging. At approximately £120 per blood bag, it is imperative to use all necessary precautions to ensure wastage is kept to an absolute minimum, which can often be achieved using tools that are available today.
Are we monitoring blood at every possible stage during its movement from donor to patient?
Donor centre testing
Blood will be taken to be screened, checked and tested to ensure it’s safe to use.
It will be stored within fridges at a blood bank.
Transportation to hospitals
From the blood bank it will be transported in validated blood boxes and vans via national blood to be delivered to the hospital blood banks where it will again be stored in fridges.
Transportation to wards
Blood can then be taken from the fridge and delivered to the hospital ward and the recipient.
For storage: It is recommended that red blood cells should be stored and transported between +2°C to +6°C, it is therefore vital that through these various stages that the blood temperature should be monitored and maintained to ensure it is safe to use when it reaches the recipient.
For monitoring: The IMC Group provide a range of blood transport solutions such as temperature or impact indicators, data loggers and wireless systems that are ideal for monitoring the movement of blood throughout all stages mentioned above.
If you would like to find out more, please contact us today on 01462 688070 or email [email protected].