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Developing an automated process of uploading immunoglobulin batch numbers to the UK National Immunoglobulin Database
  1. Sarah Denman1,
  2. Sara Catt1,
  3. Rob Hollingsworth2
  1. 1Medicines Management and Pharmacy Services, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, St James University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. 2MDSAS, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sarah Denman, Medicines Management and Pharmacy Services, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Gledhow Wing, St James University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK; Sarahdenman{at}


Objectives To develop a more efficient and robust process for entering patient-specific, immunoglobulin batch number data onto the UK National Immunoglobulin Database.

Methods A manual method of input, which relied on paper records, was replaced with an automated upload that was developed by linking the pharmacy dispensing system, JAC, with a number of information technology support systems to produce a batch number report. Both systems ran parallel for a period of 7 weeks, and administration time and completeness of data for both were analysed.

Results Over the 7-week period, 550 g of immunoglobulin would not have been entered using the manual method (=4108 g per annum; 4.66% of total immunoglobulin usage). The time taken to enter the data was reduced from 4 h to 30 min per week.

Conclusions An automated process of uploading batch numbers increases accuracy and completeness of data, reduces administrative time and risk of financial loss; therefore, significantly increasing efficiency.

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