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Tuesday 7th July 2009
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A new device has made phlebotomy services in a UK hospital more efficient, it has been claimed.

According to the Intel, the makers of the Motion Computing C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA), the phlebotomy department of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has increased staff productivity by 20 per cent since it began using it.

David McCarron, healthcare manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Intel, said: "Intel has worked closely with Salford Royal and Motion on the development and delivery of the C5 MCA and we are thrilled to see the significant positive results reported to date."

Before the department adopted the technology, staff used a paper-based process to record blood sampling.

As well as reducing unnecessary blood draws, the MCA enables phlebotomists to print labels directly at patients' bedsides, which reduces the risk of misidentification.

An organisation with operations around the world, Intel has roots tracing back four decades.

Written by James Puckle
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