Donating Blood, High Tech Style

Virginia Blood Services is going high tech. Touch-screen computers have replaced the four-page 49-question paper form potential donors fill out at organization's eight collection centers.

The questions are aimed at avoiding transmitting disease through blood transfusion.

The nonprofit organization has 23 of the computers at its centers. By the end of September, its mobile units also will have installed the computerized Quality Donor System.

The system uses sound, pictures and maps to guide would-be donors through a series of questions about health, travel abroad, military service and sexual history.

The new system is designed to reduce errors, encourage honest reporting of risky behavior and reduce time spent on the form by both staff and donors.

Linda Carr is director of blood collections. She says if you can use an ATM you can use the touch-screen computers. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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