It is difficult for "outsiders" to understand how blood banks manage to operate with such a workload, without adequate personnel, with so many complex and demanding procedures. In no other area of the hospital will one find requirements for so many overlapping logs. Book-keeping takes up a huge part of the daily routine. A blood bank software package is necessary to be able to meet the needs of book keeping, and to cope, with accuracy and speed, with a growing volume of work having to do with donated blood.
It is clear that the introduction of an IT solution should maintain the procedures currently in place so that the users would immediately feel familiar. Gi-Blood for Windows provides electronic book keeping with the current structure. The difference is that data updating becomes automatic, as opposed to having to copy and rewrite data as it was before IT implementation.
Therefore Gi-Blood is faithful to current practices, without deviating even by the smallest degree. "Native" books are replaced by electronic "books" in the same format. The operator has the ability to print new pages daily from each book and record them in a folder. However this is essentially useless, since all searches and queries are very simple and easy on the computer screen.
The services offered by blood donation are also updated with the system. Donors are better served and and service becomes quicker. Patients are monitored closely and without effort. The movement of blood is made with far fewer visits to the refrigerators. And when the time comes for drawing conclusions, everyone will be impressed that a job that would have taken the blood donation employees several days can be done with only the touch of a button!
It is not an exaggeration that Gi-Blood is a mature system.
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