University of New Mexico Hospital is Committed to Improving Patient
Safety; Neoteric's BloodTrack System Provides Staff and Patients with the Most
Advanced Blood Delivery System in North America
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 18 /CNW/ - Neoteric Technology Ltd.
announced today that the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNM) and TriCore
Reference Laboratories have selected the BloodTrack(R) system to provide
tracking, control and allocation of their blood inventory at seven remote
UNM is the only level I trauma center serving a draw area of
approximately 2 million people. It is also home to a National Cancer
Institute-designated Cancer Research and Treatment Center as well as UNM
Children's Hospital. TriCore is UNM Hospital's laboratory partner, providing
blood banking and other lab services.
"UNM Hospital is committed to improving patient safety. Neoteric's
BloodTrack system will provide our staff and patients with the most advanced
blood delivery system in North America. Not only will it provide us with
security, and control of our remote blood inventory, but we will now be able
to provide blood to patients more quickly and safely," said Dr. Kendall
Crookston, Director of Transfusion Medicine at UNM Hospital and a Medical
Director for TriCore Reference Laboratories.
"The UNM Hospitals will be a showcase site for our complete BloodTrack
system in North America. In addition to better security and control of blood
in the hospital, our system will give surgeons and anesthesiologist the safety
and security of knowing their patients will have the right unit of blood
available in less than 60 seconds," said Geof Auchinleck, Neoteric's
Neoteric's BloodTrack system includes Courier, a kiosk that secures and
tracks blood in and out of refrigerators; HemoNine, a computer controlled
nine-drawer locking refrigerator; and HemoSafe, a sophisticated blood
dispensing refrigerator that automatically allocates blood on demand and then
dispenses the right blood for the right patient.
Neoteric will initially be providing to The University of New Mexico
Hospital one HemoSafe refrigerator, two HemoNine refrigerators, and five
refrigerator-linked Courier kiosks to track and dispense thousands of units a
year. It is anticipated that this system will be extended to the new
state-of-the-art facility currently under construction to house the expanding
UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center.
About BloodTrack System
BloodTrack allows allocated and unallocated blood units to be securely
stored outside of the blood bank. This provides remote locations such as
emergency rooms, operating rooms, and satellite hospitals with 24/7 access to
blood when they need it without having to contact the blood bank.
BloodTrack HemoSafe provides access to only the most appropriate blood
unit for the patient by opening only one of its individually locking 150
compartments (or nine locking drawers in the case of the HemoNine), and only
after the patient has been correctly identified. This helps ensure that the
right blood is removed for the right patient.
Saves time and money
The BloodTrack OnDemand process allows unallocated blood so that users
can safely allocate a unit when, where and only if it's needed. For example,
in the operating room, instead of cross-matching 4 units of blood and sending
them ahead of time, the anaesthetist can allocate units using the HemoSafe or
HemoNine as they are needed. This saves the time and money associated with the
transport, cross-matching, labeling and additional inventory of units that
Easy to use
The BloodTrack kiosks and refrigerators are equipped with touch-screens
so you do not need a mouse or keyboard to use the system. It's simple and easy
to use and can be used by anyone with minimal training. When errors are
detected during movement of blood units or transfusion of blood units, the
Blood Bank is instantly alerted via both visual and audible means. This
enables Blood Bank staff to be proactive and intercede at the earliest
opportunity in order to minimize potential consequences.
For more information about BloodTrack, go to
The HemoSafe system is part of Neoteric's comprehensive suite of
BloodTrack products. For more information about the full blood management
suite, go to www.neoterictech.com/BloodTrack.html.
About Neoteric Technology Ltd.
Founded in 1997, Neoteric Technology Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C.-based
company that provides health care products to over 100 hospitals in Europe and
North America. For more information, go to www.neoterictech.com.
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