As one of the largest major trauma centres in the UK, University Hospital Southampton sees over 1.2 million blood tests taken very year.

Sample 360 is an electronic, digital blood sample system used on an iPod.

Using the handheld device, clinical care teams can positively identify the patient at the beside and safely take the blood sample. The blood test can be traced from the patient to the laboratory staff and the results.

Formerly blood sample requests were processed without any positive patient identification. This paper process was prone to mistakes with blood tests and could lead to delays in patient care because of wrong information and lost samples. There was a lack of clear communication between the clinical teams, such as the phlebotomist and lab team.

Sample 360 was developed by doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, laboratory and informatics staff. It has improved patient safety.  As an example, from 187,000 completed blood samples we have seen zero ‘wrong blood and tube’ events. Sample 360 has also alerted 800 occasions where mistakes have been avoided.

Patients are no longer bled unnecessarily, or receive the wrong set of results, due to mis-identification. Staff can deliver care on the wards using mobile devices.

"Using Sample 360 we can trace the blood much more easily than before; we know when the blood has been processed and when the results are ready." Karen Wright, Nurse Practitioner