We have also just gone live with CERNER. The problem we have encountered is that our ED docs do not want to order for EMG REL prior to the patient arriving to the facility-but they want the BB in the ER with a cooler prior to the patient arrival.
We do have a paper form we utilize - Two staff are needed to draw the sample and transfuse any blood product for the amount of time they wish to utilize that sample (up to 3 days). Any units transfused cannot be done through BRIDGE as they are not tagged with any CERNER generated bag tag either (so we can link sample to patient to transfusion). Then the paper document has to be scanned into the CERNER patient record.
So far we have not experienced much downtime for normal operations and all areas are able to utilize PPID/PAID samples and BRIDGE to transfuse.