Inspiration: Safer blood transfusion through electronic solutions

Inspiration: Safer blood transfusion through electronic solutions

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Organisation: The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


This project has been funded from the Nursing Technology Fund.

To implement an electronic IT solution for blood transfusion that would increase patient safety by ensuring right blood to right patient at all steps in the transfusion process: sample taking, collection of blood components and administration.

Brief Summary

The system would enable positive patient identification through the use of bar-coded wristbands and clinical staff using a hand held scanning device to electronically confirm the patient’s details.
The system also electronically records the location on blood components and the member of staff involved in the transfusion.
The handheld devices support mobile websites so guidelines would be available at the bedside.

Primary Focus: Safer clinical interventions

Funds awarded: £673K

Background on the Nursing Technology Fund
In October 2012 the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Nursing Technology Fund to support nurses, midwives and health visitors to make better use of digital technology in all care settings, in order to deliver safer, more effective and more efficient care.
The funding was to be allocated to providers following an application and evaluation process. The first round, for £30M, and the second round for £35M of capital funding has been awarded.

Second round outcomes
276 applications were received, and 62 organisations have been awarded funding totalling almost £35M. The successful applicants include 7 voluntary / community / social enterprises. The highest individual award was £1M. A list of successful applications is available to download. There may be an opportunity to fund a small number of further applications in FY15/16.

The funded projects represent the full range of geographies and care settings, and beneficiaries include nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants. The range of projects covers the following technology-enabled capabilities (in order of popularity):

  • Digitally-enabled observations management
  • Mobile access to digital care records across the community
  • Digital capture of clinical data at point-of-care
  • Safer clinical interventions
  • Real-time digital nursing dashboards
  • Smart workforce deployment
  • Remote face-to-face interaction
  • Digital images for nursing care

Area of work

In relation to the four foundations of our declaration, this project aims to:

  • Happy staff with the right skills
  • Make London healthier and happier

Links for more information

Nursing Technology Fund

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