Blood Sampling Procedure Innovation

Strategic innovation partners gespag and Greiner Bio-One have introduced a new digital system solution to the Steyr pilot hospital. The first of its kind in the world, the system optimizes the entire blood sampling procedure.

Greiner eHealth Technology (GeT) system solutions allow the entire pre-analytical process to be executed and documented digitally — from the blood sample request to the end result. Thus, all manual operations along these lines are now a thing of the past, which guarantees 100% traceability and transparency.

“Promoting collaborations and alliances has been part of the Oö Gesundheits- und Spitals-AG identity for many years. As part of a Medical Technology Cluster (MTC) innovation partnership, we have newly entered a cooperation bringing clear advantages for both sides. gespag patients profit from the innovation and the Greiner Bio-One company enters the market as a renowned reference in healthcare,” gespag Chairman Mag. Karl Lehner, MBA, explains the background of the Greiner Group cooperation.
Focus on patient safety
Optimum patient safety is a primary objective for gespag and its eight clinics. A priority we uphold 365 days a year. By successfully implementing the new GeT solutions in LKH Steyr hospital, and subsequently in all gespag locations, gespag has taken another important step towards meeting future demands with innovative Solutions.

“The strategic partnership between gespag and Greiner Bio-One has successfully created a worldwide best practice for digital sample processing. The international interest of medicinal technology experts confirms our pioneering role in blood sampling system solutions,” Axel Kühner, Chairman of the Board for the Greiner Group says.
“Greiner Bio-One has long recognized the signs of the times, banking on pre-analysis digitalization for blood sampling. This covers the entire process, from sample request to transmitting the results. GeT ingeniously connects blood sampling – one of our core functions –  with the software it has developed. Therefore, together with international partners such as laboratory information system manufacturers, we are making an essential contribution to increasing sample and treatment quality,” Manfred Buchberger, Managing Director of analytics for Greiner Bio-One proclaims.
Paradigm shift in sampling Patient advantages and added value
In practice, digitalization means that all sampling tubes will now carry a barcode. Thus, manual tube labelling and other administrative steps routinely taken by nursing personnel around the world are history.
Blood sampling begins with identifying the patient. Besides verbal communication, this is also done by scanning the armband ID. The patient’s name is no longer on the tube, which guarantees 100% data protection.
The lab order is also scanned automatically, indicating the required sample containers.
When drawing blood, nursing staff can see at a glance which tubes must be taken out in which order. In the final step, the respective sample barcodes are matched with the patient ID, stored in the system, which automatically initiates the lab order.
 Zero mismatching risk and perfect sample Quality
“Hence, lab experts know if they’re using the correct sampling tube. Mixing up samples or making false analyses is ruled out,” Walpurga Auinger, Head of Nursing for the gespag pilot hospital says, corroborating the essential advantage of digitalization. She continues, “Furthermore, the automatic recording technology makes it easy to see exactly when the sample was taken. This is crucial for analyses as it establishes parameters that could change over time. For example, if too much time elapses between sampling and analysis, the resulting values could be incorrect. The new system eliminates sample aging.”
Moreover, efficient blood management allows us to study as many laboratory parameters as possible from the amount of blood we have available, making it unnecessary to draw too much from the patient.
 Rollout is well underway
“Due to the positive empirical data collected by experts at both Steyr Hospital surgical stations, expansion to other departments began in April. As soon as the digitalization procedure has been entirely implemented at LKH Steyr, step by step rollout will begin at all gespag hospitals,” gespag Chairman Mag. Karl Lehner declares.
Ute Kliemstein