Mistake-proofing technological devices are increasingly used by transfusion services.

  1. Briefly describe 3 of the newer mistake-proofing devices.
  2. Which types of errors are most of these designed to prevent?

a. Newer mistake-proofing tools include:

  • Barcodes on patient wrist bands, blood specimens, crossmatch request forms, and donor bag compatibility tags
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) (e.g., in patient wristbands)
  • Barrier systems (e.g., blood bag secured with a combination lock)

b. The newer mistake-proofing devices are designed to prevent identification errors.