Bloodhound is bedside aid app
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.”