13 November 2017 (Monday) - Vending Machines ?

This little snippet came from the BBC (via the British Blood Transfusion Society’s Facebook page): “Blood vending machines; what do you think?

The article was obviously written for the layman, but it makes a lot of sense. Given that the usual criteria are met for a given patient to be suitable for the electronic issue of blood (let’s face it, 90+% of patients are suitable) why not let the clinicians got to a blood vending device. The thing would obviously record who blood was allocated for, would issue suitable blood, and the lab staff could devote their time on the vanishingly small proportion of patients who can only have blood provided by time-consuming manual techniques.

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