Validation of a Pneumatic Post between Two Hospitals for the Transport of Red Cell Concentrates and Blood Samples

D. Petersen, I. Przybyla, M. Paulsen, K. Albersmeyer, R. Jacobsen, M. Möller, F. Petersen, K. Arnold, K.-H. Vorwig
2003 Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy  
Concerning Liebscher et al: Transport of red blood cell concentrates and fresh frozen plasma in a pneumatic tube system. Transfusion Med Hemother 2003;30:157-162 Liebscher and colleagues concluded that a well installed and maintained tube post is a safe way to transport blood products without loss of quality. We agree with this conclusion but would like to add that it is also a cost-efficient device. Recently we installed a similar system, connecting two hospitals in Flensburg that had decided
more » ... g that had decided to centralize their laboratories. The hospitals involved are the Diakonissen-Krankenhaus (housing the central laboratory and blood bank) and the St. Franziskus Hospital, which are only 600 m apart of each other, but separated by two house blocks and three main public roads. Part of the civil engineering to install the tube system was performed using a water-driven tunnelling system, which made it possible to tunnel buildings and streets without temporary closing them. Our tube post (Sumetzberger, Eichenried, Germany) as that of the authors is driven by pressurized air and offers two different speeds. The system right now has five stations. Effective
doi:10.1159/000075864 fatcat:qxraywvknncexd6g3oozf6fhyi