Blood Banks


Every day, blood centers nationwide send teams of clinicians into the field on mobile blood drives. Along for the ride is equipment that must be germ free and able to withstand the bumps, vibrations and spills associated with mobility. Since just one center can be the primary source of blood for several hospitals, interruption in the collection process can seriously impact a community's blood supply and even put the lives of patients at risk. That is why more blood centers are turning to Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers for their computing needs.



When seconds matter, blood donations are essential for operating rooms and trauma centers around the country. A serious drop in blood supplies or contamination in donated blood can produce life-threatening ramifications for healthcare facilities, physicians and donors.

To keep the blood flowing, healthcare professionals rely on Toughbook rugged laptops and mobile clinical assistants (MCA's). The built-in mobile broadband feature allows users to transmit and receive critical donor information in real time, speeding up the blood donation process. To further expedite the process, Toughbook mobile computers feature touch screens for faster and more accurate data entry. Some laptop models even have rotating touch screens that let donors easily enter their personal information. Designed with durable magnesium alloy cases, drop- and spill resistant engineering, sealed all-weather design and shock-mounted hard drives, Toughbook mobile computers can withstand the rigors of the road. Just as important, Toughbook computers can be sanitized with alcohol prep pads or similar disinfectants, creating a safer blood collection environment.



Although a mobile blood drive offers convenience for people interested in donating blood, it can present a number of operational challenges for healthcare professionals. Rural or untraditional locations such as parking lots may prevent clinicians from quickly accessing or transmitting vital information. Furthermore, confined spaces make it difficult to respect donors' privacy. When recording sensitive patient information, clinicians and donors need technology solutions that make the blood donation process as simple and error free as possible. And the computers they use should be able to hold up to the wear and tear common with mobility.

Toughbook mobile computers can do this and more. Thanks to the touch screens, technicians use Toughbook computers to quickly and accurately collect data such as donors' blood type and health history. Using the integrated mobile broadband, data is transmitted to hospitals in real time, eliminating paperwork and the need for data entry. Some Toughbook rugged laptops even come equipped with swivel screens, allowing donors to easily enter in their most sensitive information themselves'without the potential embarrassment of telling clinicians. By wirelessly transferring this data, Toughbook computers not only increase clinicians' productivity, they help ensure the safety of blood recipients.



In order to streamline operations and reduce paperwork, more blood centers are using mobile computers to allow donors to complete self-service forms or access educational materials. However, lack of familiarity with the device, as well as a stressed and hurried environment, hardly give donors a reason to treat these computers with "kid gloves." As a result, computers take a beating.

Blood centers are turning to Toughbook rugged laptops and mobile clinical devices (MCA's) as a solution that stands up to the potentially careless user. Toughbook computers are engineered to handle everything from soda spills to tumbles on the floor. With magnesium alloy cases, shock-mounted hard drives and other rugged features, blood centers can put Toughbook computers in donors' hands with confidence. The daylight-viewable touch screen allows donors to fill out forms more quickly and easily than using paper forms. And it also allows staff to capture donor signatures electronically. All of this data is streamed wirelessly to a central database where it can be accessed by other staff members in real time.

Panasonic understands the need to control germs and diseases in these environments. That is why Toughbook laptops and MCA's can be sanitized using the most stringent standards. The MCA even comes with a built-in sanitization reminder and auditing system to ensure its cleanliness. And with its fanless design, it ensures that germs and viruses are not accidentally spread by sucking them into the machine and blowing them out later.

These features and more make Toughbook mobile computers the obvious choice for blood centers looking to reduce paperwork and streamline operations.



Field staff are not the only blood center workers on the move. Today's administrative personnel often find themselves spending more time in the field as more services and support move in that direction. However, they still need to stay connected and remain productive. And they need mobile computing solutions that can withstand the sometimes harsh conditions of travel.

Assistants, IT employees, district managers and other healthcare professionals can benefit from the durability that Panasonic's Toughbook mobile computers offer. All Toughbook models have spill resistant keyboards, shock-mounted hard drives and other rugged features that make them smart choices for use in the office or in the field. As a result, administrative staff working indoors find Toughbook computers just as resistant to bottled water and coffee spills as mobile staff find them resistant to extreme weather and rough treatment. With embedded wireless capabilities, Toughbook rugged computers empower staff to work anywhere, anytime. The unmatched reliability of these computers also help employees perform their duties without worrying about computer damage and malfunctions. This boosts productivity while at the same time reducing computer downtime and repair costs.