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21 October update on blood supply and demand challenges


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Electronic dispatch note


Our electronic dispatch note allows hospitals to access their delivery information via a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) message from NHSBT.

The message structure of the EDN is agreed by Standing Advisory Committee Information Technology (SACIT) and published in the Guidelines for UK Blood Transfusion Services Chapter 25, Standards for electronic data interchange within the UK Blood Transfusion Services.

It gives standard issue information on the donation number, the product, the blood group and the expiry date.

The benefits are:

  • more efficient stock entry
  • reduced dependence on barcodes
  • improved reconciliation
  • improved audit trail of stock receipt

It delivers valuable information to the hospital laboratory information system on confirmed and unconfirmed phenotypes.


Rotherham and Barnsley Hospital presentation

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