The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and The Joint Commission recently announced the educational webinar, "Transfusion Safety Enhancement: Six Years of Experience With Bar Code Scanning," taking place on Thursday, March 24, 2011, from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern (US) Time.
This webinar will describe the development and implementation of a comprehensive computerized bar code-based tracking system aimed at ensuring proper identification of patients, transfusion testing samples, and transfused blood products. Six years of continuous hospital-wide experience strongly suggests that this system has significantly enhanced transfusion safety and that it may represent a prototype for the future.
At the end of the webinar, the participants will understand:
* From start to finish, the key steps involved in bar code tracking of identification information in the transfusion process.
* The potential gains in patient safety that can be achieved with bar code technology.
* How hospital-wide bar code scanning can be effectively implemented and continuously maintained through effective collaboration with anesthesia and nursing departments.
* How bar code technology may evolve in the near future.
Speakers from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics include:
*John Kemp, MD, Director of Clinical Laboratories and Professor of Immunopathology, Department of Pathology.
*David P Papworth, MB FRCPC, Associate Professor and Performance Improvement Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Carver College of Medicine.
Anne M Smith, RN, MSN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Center for Nursing Quality.
To register, click CLSI