Phlebotomy System (TPS)
The Talisman Phlebotomy System (TPS) continues the
donation process when QDS has completed qualifying a donor. TPS
manages the phlebotomy process, recording all the required data in
real time, for subsequent upload to the main blood software system.
Like QDS, TPS runs on a server, either over the wide
area network or a local server in a mobile environment. No
additional server hardware is needed, as TPS can use the same server
hardware that QDS runs on. Instead of the touch-screen tablets used
by QDS, each phlebotomist uses a wireless handheld computer (below)
to keep track of what they are doing. By carrying the computer
instead of having to set up another piece of equipment and leaving
the bedside to use it, the phlebotomist can do their job and capture
critical data without impacting donor care.
The handheld computer contains a bar-code scanner,
which is used to enter data on blood bags and tubes, simplifying and
speeding operation. At the end of a draw, the phlebotomist enters
reaction codes, volume, etc. prior to releasing the donor. If the
donor has a late reaction, after leaving the bed, it can be entered
from an administrative console.
TPS uses the same networking configuration as QDS,
described here. When a remote
server is synchronized with the main server, the phlebotomy data are
also included. A complete donor history card can then be printed,
including phlebotomy data.
The most common errors in phlebotomy are missing information such
as start and stop times. The handheld computer only requires
touching the screen and/or clicking, with little actual keying
required. Most complex data are scanned from existing bar-codes. TPS
assures that all required data will be captured correctly and then
provides them in a way they can easily be uploaded to the main
computer system for manufacturing.