BALTIMORE, MD, October 23, 2004 - In a society where preventable medical errors account
for more deaths than either car accidents or breast cancer, Olympus is taking steps to help
eliminate one of the most prevalent causes of medical error Ė the mistaken identification of
patients. Olympus osYrisô, a proven, modular patient safety system that reduces hospital error
by helping eliminate the improper matching of patients with the wrong blood products,
medications or treatments, debuted in the US today at the national American Association of
Blood Banks meeting.
New to the US market but well established in the United Kingdom where they are used
in more than 10 hospitals, Olympus osYris modular solutions employ a unique patient
wristband that provides fast, accurate patient identification. The systemís two-dimensional
barcoded wristband, used in conjunction with handheld PDA scanners and hospital and
laboratory information systems, helps promote easy, positive ID of patients and proper
matching with caregivers, blood products, laboratory specimens, images and results.
Each patientís wristband contains both eye readable information and the two
dimensional barcode, providing two independent sources of the same vital patient data. Using
PDAs to scan the wristband, caregivers identify patients and can order tests and blood products
at the patientís bedside. Each caregiver, blood unit and specimen label that also has its own
unique barcoded identifier can also be scanned and the information entered into the system,
helping ensure that specimens and treatments can be correctly matched with patients. Olympus
osYris can also provide the hospital laboratory and other departments with advance notice of
upcoming orders or requests, helping manage workflow.
"We are pleased to launch the Olympus osYris Patient Safety Solutions, which can do
so much to help reduce preventable medical errors," said Stephen E. Wasserman, group vice
president for the Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group. "Its debut in the US reflects Olympus
Americaís long-time corporate focus on enhanced patient safety as part of its ongoing mission
throughout its healthcare business units."
Easy to implement and use, Olympus osYris modules interface with key hospital
departments and information systems and require little training to use. For instance, when a
blood specimen is required, the phlebotomist or nurse using Olympus osYris systems goes to
the patient bedside, scans his or her own caregiver barcoded ID, and then scans the patientís
two-dimensional barcoded wristband. He or she automatically receives sample collection
information including the type and number of tubes required via the handheld PDA. With a
portable printer, the caregiver can also print barcoded labels to be placed on the specimen tubes
right at the patientís bedside, eliminating handwriting and transcription errors. The system
records when the specimen was drawn and who drew it, so the laboratory has an audit of all
transactions and knows to expect the specimen.
The system can also track blood products from the time they first enter the hospital,
documenting their removal from the hospital refrigerator and their arrival at the patientís
bedside. In the hospitalís blood bank, transfusion requests are matched to specific units of
blood to be transfused. A compatibility label with both eye-readable and barcoded information
is generated and placed on the blood product, allowing users to match the patient demographics,
blood type and other key information. When the blood arrives on the patient care unit, the nurse
scans his or her own identification, the patientís wristband and each blood unit label to ensure
the accuracy of the match.
The system has several modules, which can be implemented individually or in tandem. In
hospitals in the UK where such systems are installed, laboratory test turnaround times have
improved and patient identification errors have been reduced. According to Mr. Chris
Charlton, FIBMS, MBA, Clinical Laboratory Service Manager, Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Gateshead, UK, "Until now, the fastest we processed a test result was between three and four
hours. Now the turnaround time can be as little as 30 minutes." Following installation, a recent
audit has adjudicated that the hospital's risk in this area has also been reduced, helping the
hospital to achieve improved risk management status.
For more information about Olympus osYris patient safety systems, email
email@example.com, phone 631/844-5648, or visit the patient safety section of
Olympusí website at www.olympusamerica.com/patientsafety.
About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Olympus offers the broadest standardized line of random access chemistry-immuno analyzers, along with lab automation systems, comprehensive patient safety systems, blood bank analyzers and reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, enhance patient safety, maximize productivity, and deliver fast, reliable results.
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.
Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:
- Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
- Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
- Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
- Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The companyís market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.