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Transfusion recipient identification.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16907869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent reports from different haemovigilance systems indicate that errors in the whole-blood transfusion chain - from initial recipient identification to final blood administration - occur with a frequency of approximately 1 in 1000 events. Although mistakes occur also within the blood transfusion service, about two-thirds of errors are associated with incorrect blood recipient identification at the patient's bedside. To prevent the potentially fatal consequences of such mistakes, specific tools have been developed, including patient identification bracelets with barcodes and/or radio frequency identification devices, mechanical or electronic locks preventing access to bags assigned to other patients, and palm computers suitable for transferring blood request and administration data from the patient's bedside to the blood transfusion service information system in real time. The effectiveness of these systems in preventing mistransfusion has been demonstrated in a number of studies.
P Pagliaro; P Rebulla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vox sanguinis     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0042-9007     ISO Abbreviation:  Vox Sang.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-15     Completed Date:  2006-09-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413606     Medline TA:  Vox Sang     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centro Trasfusionale, Ospedale Carlo Poma, Mantua, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Group Incompatibility / prevention & control*
Blood Transfusion / adverse effects*
Medical Errors / prevention & control*
Patient Identification Systems / methods*

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