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Welsh Blood Service uses software for quality control

30 July 2008

Welsh Blood Service uses software for quality control


The Welsh Blood Service (WBS) is using Northwest Analytical's (NWA) Quality Analyst to ensure its blood products continue to meet tough regulations.

With a remit that includes checking the quality of blood from donors, quality control for blood components and analysis of attributes on third party blood packs, the Welsh Blood Service (WBS) carries major responsibilities. Add to those tasks the analysis of trends, forecasting of instrument failures and cost control, its quality system is understandably under intense scrutiny at all times.

Quality Analyst is an important part of WBS; it is used not only for regular statistical process control (SPC), but also in forecasting, correlation and setting confidence levels. While most input is manual, out-of-tolerance and out-of-specification flags aid operators to confirm the integrity of the data.

Michelle Evans, head of the quality assurance laboratory at WBS, said: 'Like most laboratories, we are always looking to push the boundaries and NWA's software has allowed us to do just that. Our SPC was pretty basic, but we're now able to work on splitting out features to see more clearly what is happening and using techniques such as Cpk and regression, measuring the statistical shift away from our ideal values. Quality Analyst has given us the motivation to develop processes and staff, allowed all of us to do more, more effectively and continues to function without problems.'

NWA Quality Monitor and NWA Quality Analyst are supplied and supported in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Nordic countries by Adept Scientific.

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