“Enabling a Proactive, Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Red Blood Cell Wastage and Maintaining the Integrity of Blood”
The FDA mandates that blood in storage is kept between 1 to 6 degrees Celsius to avoid bacterial proliferation, and red cell metabolism. Blood leaving this temperature range is thrown out. The current method of deciding whether blood is wasted is a retrospective process, using temperature indicators that are attached to blood bags.
At $250 per bag, that is an expensive problem. With a national average of 2.8% wastage and 15 Million units collected per year, the national financial impact on hospitals is estimated around $105 Million per year in raw material cost.
We create a system for blood banks to monitor the blood which will not only show the temperature-time profile of the blood bag, but will also use alert to create a proactive method of saving the blood before it reaches the wastage temperature. By maintaining the temperature range, it can increase patient outcome and decrease the chance of infection.
Using our proactive, data-driven approach can reduce blood wastage. By reducing blood wastage, we can cut the costs spent on blood, saving hospitals money.