Implementation of an electronic identification system in the setting of perioperative autologous cell salvage transfusion: Experience at a university hospital

Perioperative autologous cell salvage (PACS) is one of the effective strategies in patient blood management (PBM). However, mistransfusion, in which the wrong blood is transfused to the wrong patient, of PACS units has been reported. In this study, we implemented a bar code-based electronic identification system (EIS) for blood transfusion in the setting of PACS transfusion. Between February 2009 and December 2020, a total of 12,341 surgical patients (9% of whom received operations) received blood transfusion, among whom 6,595 (54%) received autologous blood transfusion alone, 2,877 (23%) both autologous and allogeneic blood transfusions, and 2,869 (23%) allogeneic blood transfusion alone.