Ireland Hospital Uses Vending Machine To Tighten Blood-Delivery Controls

Posted On: 11/14/2017

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DUBLIN -- A vending machine that dispenses blood at Mater Hospital here is the first of its kind in northern Ireland. Called BloodTrack HemoSafe, the automated blood bank is designed to improve delivery safety by reducing potential for human error, and also to reduce paperwork for hospital staff, BBC reported.

The blood vending machine's software tracks patient blood samples immediately after they are taken by the doctor or nurse and before they are sent to the lab. Allocated and unallocated blood units are loaded into the refrigerated vender's individual compartments by blood bank staff and blood is dispensed only after the patient is properly identified.

The blood vending machines are reportedly in use by hospitals in the U.S. and London, but this is the first time one has been used in Northern Ireland.

Click here to read the BBC article.