The Royal Melbourne Hospital, located in Melbourne, Australia, has selected MSoft eSolutions’ Blood360 technology, an electronic blood-tracking system, to enhance patient safety.
Blood360 controls access to and from all blood fridges and provides positive identification of users and patients with in-depth auditing of all bloods across each and every stage of the transfusion process.
The system also enhances security and safety by ensuring that only approved staff are allowed to access blood.
Blood360 is a widely used blood management system in the UK, where it is known as Bloodhound.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is reportedly the first hospital in Australia to introduce the Blood360 technology.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital haematologist Dr Giles Kelsey said the hospital is proud to be the first in Australia to trial the Blood360 electronic blood-tracking system.
"The decision to trial Blood360 was made to improve patient safety and comply with the new NSQHS standards in blood management," Dr Kelsey added.
"We are looking forward to working with MSoft and its partners on the install later this month."
MSoft eSolutions managing director Matt McAlister said the company is excited to be working with The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
"We are helping them to enhance patient safety and significantly reduce the costs associated with the blood transfusion process," McAlister added.
The company is currently working closely with its Australian distributor Healthcare Software (HCS) to introduce Blood360 to other hospitals in states across the country.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is a tertiary, teaching referral hospital providing specialist and general medical and surgical services, including cardiac, neuroscience and oncology, as well providing a major trauma service and Victorian Infectious Diseases Service.
Image: Blood360 blood-tracking system. Photo courtesy of MSoft eSolutions Ltd.