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West Bengal: Government blood banks to give real-time availability information

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The state health department is set to use a software that will display real-time data on availability of blood across government-run blood centres – blood group-wise and component-wise – making coordination easier for blood banks.
Health officials said the web-based blood management system, in addition to bringing in more transparency, will also make it hassle-free for patient parties to get the required unit in a shorter period of time. To start with, 14 blood centres attached with state-run hospitals will come under this project.
Developed by the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC), the system is expected to capture all activities right from scheduling of blood donation camps by respective centres, the stock that has gone to a particular bank, issue of blood units/components to the requisitioning hospitals. The system will have real-time data on availability of blood in these 14 centres and this can be accessed by all.

“It will allow transparency and tracking easier while making it less cumbersome for patient party in need of blood units or components. The time involved in the entire process of issuing blood or components will also be halved once the system kicks off,” said Swapan Saren, director at Institute of Blood Transfusion Medicine & Immuno Haematology (The central blood bank at Maniktala).

In case a patient needs a particular blood unit and the stock is not available with the hospital, where the patient is admitted, the hospital’s blood centre through the software can find out the nearest blood centre that has the unit. Accordingly, the hospital’s blood bank will process the requisition through the software. The patient party can then carry the requisition slip and get the unit from the blood centre.
“On a trial basis, 20 blood centres are connected through this system now. Swasthya Bhawan is monitoring how the system is functioning,” said Avjit Mandal, assistant director (medical) with SBTC.

In first phase, 14 blood banks will come under this system for which manpower training is over. Another 14 will come under it in the second phase. Also, there are plans to introduce the system in mobile app for end users.

Source: TimesofIndia

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