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Improving transfusion safety in the operating room with a barcode scanning system designed specifically for the surgical environment and existing electronic medical record systems: an interrupted time series analysis.

Vanneman MW, Balakrishna A, Lang AL, et al. Anesth Analg. 2020.

Transfusion errors due to patient misidentification can have serious consequences. This article describes the implementation of an automated, electronic barcode scanner system to improve pretransfusion verification and documentation. Over two years, the system improved documentation compliance and averted transfusion of mismatched blood products in 20 patients.