SYMBOL'S TECHNOLOGY HELPS VACSERA SAVE LIVES Tuesday 14 August 2001 PDF Print The latest high-tech bar-coding systems from Symbol Technologies implemented at the Egyptian Organisation for Biological Products and Vaccines speeds the error free handling of blood products at the VACSERA Blood Bank The Egyptian Organisation for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA), one of the largest vaccine producers in Egypt, has announced the implementation of a state-of-the-art bar-coding system in its blood bank division. VACSERA, with the help of Gargour Technologies, Symbol's Egyptian business partner, has installed a sophisticated bar-coding solution to speed the handling of blood products - while ensuring maximum accuracy, and removing the potential for mistakes in the manual handling of blood products. "Guaranteeing the quality and safety of blood products is a major issue. At the same time, speed is vital to save lives," said Dr. Mahi Sadek, Blood Bank Manager of VACSERA. VACSERA wanted a complete system that would ensure this safety in handling hundreds of blood bags a day. "It is mandatory to have blood bags labelled with detailed description of pack serial number, donor data, blood data, donation date and expiry date. This can be a confusing amount of information to manage," commented Dr. Mahi. "To ensure that we maintain the highest levels of safety and quality, VACSERA invested in Symbol and Gargour for the right technology to meet our quality and response-time goals." Using Symbol's patented PDF417 2-Dimensional Barcode Technology, along with Symbol's 2-D barcode scanners, the blood details are now encoded into codes printed onto a label affixed to every blood bag. The tracking of blood bags through storage, distribution and delivery is now considerably quicker, easier and more accurate. The reliability of the PDF417 coded information is absolute, and allows no discrepancies between the blood tests results and the data encoded in the PDF417 symbols. The 2-D barcode identifies a number of facts about each unit that could have gone undetected in a medical situation, or could have taken considerable time to resolve, potentially slowing the delivery of vitally needed blood products. "It was very rewarding to be the technology partner chosen to provide VACSERA with this state-of-the-art bar-coding system," said Yves Phares, CEO and president of Gargour. "In the blood bank, the ability to monitor and manage numerous blood bags, day by day, minute by minute - without ever making mistakes - is critical. The seamlessly integrated and user-friendly technology from Symbol has made this possible for VACSERA." "Today the convergence between technology and mobility provides the ability to simultaneously manage, track and capture information about items," said Sunil Chadha, regional director for Symbol Technologies. "VACSERA has taken a vital first step in controlling its blood products by having easily accessible and accurate computerised data of every bag and its delivery location. The solution implemented by VACSERA is a fine example for other medical institutions as they move toward the 'e-environment'." -ends- About Symbol Technologies Symbol Technologies winner of the National Medal of Technology, is a global leader in mobile data transaction systems, providing innovative customer solutions based on wireless local area networking for data and voice, application-specific mobile computing and bar code data capture. Symbol's wireless information appliances connect the physical world of people on the move, packages, paper and shipping pallets, to information systems and the Internet. Today, some 10 million Symbol bar code scanners, mobile computers and wireless LANs are utilized worldwide in markets ranging from retailing to transportation and distribution logistics, manufacturing, parcel and postal delivery, government, healthcare and education. Symbol's systems and products are used to increase productivity from the factory floor to the retail store, to the enterprise and out to the home. 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