Blood­hound is bed­side aid app

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Pa­tients at Ash­ford’s Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal will soon ben­e­fit from new tech­nol­ogy at their bed­sides.

The soft­ware, called Blood­hound, is be­ing in­tro­duced at five hos­pi­tals in east Kent, in­clud­ing the Wil­liam Har­vey. Blood­hound tracks changes in a pa­tient’s blood us­ing Ap­ple iPods which are al­ready present at the bed­sides of pa­tients as an early warn­ing sys­tem.

The com­puter pro­gramme con­trols ac­cess to and from all blood fridges, while the iPods al­low each bar-coded blood unit to be matched with the pa­tient’s bar-coded wrist­band in a mat­ter of sec­onds.

An­gela Green, blood trans­fu­sion co­or­di­na­tor for the NHS in east Kent, said: “We are ex­cited to be one of the first Trusts to im­ple­ment the MSoft Blood­hound so­lu­tion. We made it clear that we needed the ap­pli­ca­tion to work on the iPod as the Trust had al­ready in­vested heav­ily in tech­nol­ogy for our early warn­ing sys­tem used to high­light the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing pa­tient. MSoft rose to the chal­lenge and the fin­ished ap­pli­ca­tion looks even bet­ter than we ever an­tic­i­pated.”

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