Blood products are a valuable resource and a critical component in the success of many patient treatments, therefore the ability to minimise wastage is extremely important.
The advantage of introducing electronic orders for blood product ordering is that it enables healthcare organisations to add several smarts into the request process. This facilitates better management of blood product ordering and assists in the reduction of waste.
Evidence-based ordering Eclair’s Blood eOrders module incorporates evidence-based ordering principles based on blood management guidelines* into the order request workflow. For example, when prescribing Red Blood Cells (RBC), the order form highlights the valid Hb result for the patient and the clinician is prompted to choose a compulsory reason for the RBC transfusion. This provides benefits at the time of order entry and for monitoring trends in order requesting:
Blood group rules The patient’s current group and screen plus red cell antibody status results is displayed in the order form. Rules such as the Blood Service sample validity status* are applied so that only valid data is presented to the clinician. This guides the user on the viability of the result prior to prompting for additional pre-transfusion testing.
Accurate order details The use of pre-populated and compulsory fields assists with the accurate capture of information required for the order. For example blood management guidelines mandate the capture of patient ID and details of transfusion and obstetric history. Essential prescribing details are captured as well such as quantity, when the blood products are required and where they should be sent to. This ensures the Blood Bank department receives complete information with the eOrder to support dispensing of the right blood product to the right patient at the right time. This assures the safety of patients and assists with the delivery of a quality service.
Optional BloodBank Registrations Module For Blood Bank departments that do not currently have a module that is compatible to receive HL7 order messages, Eclair offers an optional module to manage incoming requests for blood products. It provides a dashboard view in priority order, highlighting the status of the order to assist the lab with processing of work in their LIS.
**Eclair is not a medical device as it does not have a therapeutic purpose.**