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All Children's Hospital Achieves ISBT 128 Compliance With Mediware's HCLL Blood Bank System
Date:5/27/2008

New computer system enables hospital staff to overcome potential for human

error and increase transfusion safety.

LENEXA, Kan., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mediware Information Systems (Nasdaq: MEDW), http://www.mediware.com, a provider of ClosedLoop(TM) clinical systems for blood and medication management, said today that All Children's Hospital of St. Petersburg, Fla., has completed its validation of label scanning and printing with Mediware's HCLL blood management software. The validation allowed the hospital to achieve compliance with standards of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT) for labeling and processing blood products.

All Children's is the only freestanding children's hospital on the west coast of Florida. A referral center that draws children throughout the state with challenging medical problems, All Children's has been rated in the Top 25 children's hospitals by Child magazine.

"We were relieved to go live with ISBT compliance before the deadline," said Dee McMichael, blood bank supervisor for All Children's. McMichael added that going live three weeks before the ISBT deadline provided ample time to train nurses, doctors and transfusionists on the system. "We had the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with Mediware before we started receiving ISBT coded blood products,' she said.

McMichael noted an essential feature of HCLL for All Children's is the ability to print full-faced 4x4 ISBT labels directly from the system. "Because we do so much component processing, there would be huge safety issues if we had to print labels separately," she explained. "The potential for human error in printi
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