Bar codes improve blood transfusions in U.K. hospitals

11/30/2008 | Guardian (London), The

Researchers re-engineered the blood transfusion process at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust in the U.K. to enhance patient safety, cut costs, save time and improve blood usage. The new system involves the use of wristbands and badges with bar codes to make patient and staff identification easier and handheld computers to remind staff about the key steps during transfusion.

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