Medical errors can have serious consequences, but mistakes during blood transfusions are particularly unacceptable. Though such errors are rare, they do still occur, and Typenex Medical, a Chicago, Illinois company, has created a solution that pretty much eliminates the possibility for errors.
The system utilizes a combination lock on the blood bag that will only open using a code printed on the patient’s armband. If a clinician accidentally attempts to open the bag using another patient’s code, it will stay closed and the transfusion will not happen.
From the product page:
FinalCheck provides a physical barrier to the blood component. Only the FinalCheck code on the admissions band of the patient (intended for the transfusion) will open the locked component.
This means peace of mind in the blood bank that the final bedside check is performed, and confidence for the transfusionist that the blood issued is going to the right patient.
Product page: FinalCheck…