University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Sample 360 is a digital sample tracking system that allows sample requests to be actioned at a patient’s bedside, using an iPod with an attached scanning jacket.

Sample 360 allows the nurse or phlebotomist to scan the patient’s wristband, displaying all outstanding requests and providing positive patient identi­fication, ensuring the correct patient is bled every time.

Once tests have been verifi­ed, Sample 360 prints sample labels via a Bluetooth handheld printer, making the process of initial ordering to sample receipt in the laboratory a fully digitised and a closed loop system. This solution aims to replace the current paper request cards which carry with them a number of issues and drastically reduce human errors, improved auditability and communication across teams, improve turnover times in the laboratories and reduce overhead costs associated with paper request cards.

Sample 360 has also been nominated for the HSJ Patient Safety Award 2019. 

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