THE Countess of Chester Hospital has received help from a health care technology specialist to pilot a new, safer blood tracking system.
MSoft, based in Ellesmere Port, has supplied the hospital with a biometric fingerprint device which controls access to blood used in life-saving transfusions.
The FBI-certified technology, called the SecuGen Hamster IV, is a small device capable of scanning the user’s finger as soon as they touch the sensor.
The aim of the new device is to improve patient safety by eliminating the possibility of giving a patient a transfusion of the wrong type of blood.
Although such cases are rare due to strict checking procedures, four incidents occurred in the UK in 2008.
Matt McAlister, managing director of MSoft, said: “We are able to offer clients biometric functionality with all our systems and are delighted to have been working with the Countess for a number of months to develop the novel technical solution they wanted.
“The hospital wanted a more secure solution to its blood tracking system and asked us to create a bespoke IT solution that fitted around their current technology. So we came up with the biometric finger print device.
“Using a fingerprint reader reduces the hassle of password overload, decreases the risk of security breaches and improves accountability.
“It can do all this while making it more convenient and intuitive for almost any user.”
Louise Hodgkinson, transfusion practitioner at the Countess of Chester Hospital, said: “The pilot has been a great success and has proven to reduce the number of non-trained staff members being able to remove blood to and from blood issue fridges.”