Rock River Valley Blood Center implements new system

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The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) is excited to introduce QDS, a self-interviewing system used to assist donors and staff in answering the donor health questions at the downtown donor center at 419 N. Sixth St. in Rockford. RRVBC is one of only 10 centers nationwide using this state-of-the-art system. QDS has both an audio and visual component; utilizing a simple touch-screen computer to provide a multimedia experience for potential donors. The system ensures all critical steps are completed during the health history and is proven to improve quality. RRVBC will implement QDS at their Perryville and Freeport locations as well as at mobile blood drives in the future.

Linda Gerber, CEO, said: “The technology available to streamline the processes involved in blood donation continues to provide us with better ways to serve our donors. This system is very user friendly and is comparable to many of the automated computer systems used in other industries. The benefit to our community is that it significantly increases accuracy and consistency of the interview process for blood donation. The addition of this cutting-edge technology will help ensure RRVBC continues to provide quality products and, over time, will increase the amount of blood products available for patients.”

RRVBC is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Memorial Community, Freeport Health Network, Harvard Memorial and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this country’s supply of blood for transfusion.

For more information, contact RRVBC at (815) 965-8751 or toll free at (877) RRVBC-99.

from the August 8-14, 2007, issue

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