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Supermarket stock control systems show hospitals how to save blood supplies.

10 November 2009

A story from 'A Picture of Health 2009' illustrates how ideas used by supermarkets led to improvements in blood stock controls.

Using the same ideas used by supermarkets to control stocks and avoid wastage, Dr Anthony Staines of Dublin City University showed hospitals how unnecessary cancellations of elective surgery could be prevented simply by introducing a blood stock management system which would ensure that blood is used before its ?use-by? date. As a result of implementing this system, the level of wastage has been reduced.

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