MSoft eSolutions’ Bloodhound solution will be implemented at East Kent University NHS Foundation Trust which has five hospitals in its catchment area.

Bloodhound controls access to and from all blood fridges, while a bedside management system allows each bar-coded blood unit to be matched with the patient’s bar-coded wristband in a matter of seconds.

The systems provide further enhanced security and safety by ensuring that only approved staff is allowed to access blood. The firm’s blood-tracking solution provides positive identification of users and patients and in depth auditing of all bloods across each and every stage of the transfusion process – to help get the right blood into the right patient.

The Trust, which serves a population of more than 759,000 people, will also be rolling out MSoft’s Sample360 blood samples labelling system which dramatically reduces the number of rejected samples.

And, in a further innovation, East Kent will be arming some of their staff with Apple iPod technology at the bedside thanks to the latest Bloodhound software application.

MSoft eSolutions managing director Matt McAlister noted the company is delighted to have been selected by East Kent to provide the Trust with a comprehensive range of systems which will significantly enhance patient safety.

"This is an extremely busy Trust which has a proven track record of putting patient safety at the top of its agenda. It has rightly recognised the importance of harnessing the very best in modern, innovative and flexible technology as part of its overall patient care.

"Hospitals need to know that the technology they invest in will provide them with the sophisticated, efficient and, most importantly, secure and safe systems they require," McAlister added.

MSoft eSolutions has recently won contracts with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, as well as Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Cheshire NHS Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.