Blood transfusion service goes hi-tech to streamline life-saving cell deliveries

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is set to roll out cutting-edge technology to help streamline the delivery of lifesaving red blood cells to remote blood banks up and down the country

The specialist provider of transfusion medicine will implement the biolog-id blood inventory devices to optimise the management of its blood products Scotland-wide.

Through this deployment, biolog-id’s cutting-edge technology will streamline the complex inventory and distribution processes of the red blood cells to distant sites, enhancing the visibility and management of those lifesaving products between the Scottish blood centre and each remote blood bank.    

“We were looking for a long time for a technology that would improve service provision within the national blood service and blood banks, whatever the distance,” says Sarah McCubbin, who is the operational lead at SNBTS.

“Implementing the biolog-id solution not only saves time for the medical staff, but it also ensures full optimisation of the blood components’ lifecycle.”

Serving a total of 27 hospitals over Scotland, the SNBTS plays an active and crucial role in the delivery of effective health care to patients.

This long-term project is already up and running with two sites using biolog-id SST-R kits (Dr Grays’ District General Hospital Elgin, Western Isles).

Another deployment is expected to start in the coming weeks at Stracathro Community Hospital with plans to implement further kits on four of the five SNBTS within the next year.

SNBTS is the specialist provider of transfusion medicine in Scotland, supplying high quality blood, tissues, cells and services. It works with communities, hospitals and professionals to ensure that the donor’s gift is used wisely and effectively for the benefit of patients.

SNBTS key priority is to ensure that NHS Scotland has enough blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Scotland.

It’s their responsibility to make sure that blood, tissues and cells are available when patients need them.

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