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  1. I was immensely honoured to receive this through the post today (with a lapel badge).
    5 points
  2. There is absolutely no scientific or clinical reason that a vaccine could not be stored with frozen blood components. That doesn't mean you won't get some overly officious inspector who will decide it's a bad idea. But currently there are no regulatory or accreditation issues that I am aware of.
    5 points
  3. Congratulations, Malcolm! "For he's a jolly good fellow ... that nobody can deny!' ... so the song goes!
    3 points
  4. As long as humans are involved in a process there will be human error! You best option, as suggested above by jinsat is to have the product ordable by the physician. Remember, complicating a process never makes it better.
    3 points
  5. My logic is that as the FDA categorizes blood products as a drug I don’t see why they could/would have a problem. You may however want to clarify who will have freezer(s) access to stock and issue the vaccine etc.
    2 points
  6. Hardly ignorance John! I'm not quite sure how to explain this, but Fellowship of both the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS) and of the British Blood Transfusion Society (FBBTS) is, if you like, a "silver medal" given for either passing some serious examinations in a particular field, and/or for serving the Institute/Society on various committees etc over a prolonged period of time. I can only used the FBBTS post-nominal letters while I am still a paying member! Life Membership is, for want of a better way of putting it, a "gold medal". For example, when I was awarded Life Mem
    2 points
  7. I use Meditech and do not have any paper. As to histories, we look up each patient history when we get specimens on the patient. Normally on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I download a copy of patient histories onto a DVD in case of Ransom Ware Attacks. The file is downloaded and saved as a Word file that is accessible from any PC.
    2 points
  8. if you have a BBIS you should stop using a paper log and just enter your results directly into the system. Eventually you will miss something important. I've seen this multiple times when doing inspections, complete with errors due to back entry of data during the inspection.
    2 points
  9. I agree with you that it does sound daft, but I am in the position to tell you why this is the recommendation, despite it apparently being contrary to BSH Guidelines, as I was still working when the decision was made (albeit, I don't agree with it!). The huge majority of hospital blood transfusion laboratories now use column agglutination technology (CAT) as their "first line of attack", and many of them use the CAT that uses gel in the column, rather than glass beads. This form of CAT is particularly adept at detecting anti-M in plasma by IAT, even though the anti-M may not actually be
    2 points
  10. I just finished listening to this webinar. Excellent Job @Malcolm Needs. Your south London accent was not at all distracting and your presentation of the material was sufficiently thorough and relevant. Hopefully I get to meet you face to face one day.
    1 point
  11. Thanks Malcolm, I'm sure the acknowledgements are both prestigious and well earned. Again, congratulations.
    1 point
  12. O how I wish I could convince people here of that!
    1 point
  13. I just answered this question. My Score PASS  
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  16. Yup, 4am EST. I already asked Bio-Rad if it's going to be recorded. Didn't hear back yet.
    1 point
  17. I am immensely honoured (added the British u for you) to call you a friend and be on this site with you.
    1 point
  18. I just answered this question. My Score PASS  
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  21. I just answered this question. My Score PASS  
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  22. I just answered this question. My Score PASS  
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  23. Maintaining enough staff. Too many people use a large facility as a stepping stone to another job for more money. Having Senior Management understand the difference between a Blood Bank and Clinical Lab - we're not the same. Maintaining inventory. There is always a shortage of something. Competency Assessment - huge pet peeve of mine. You go to a talk by _____________ and hear them pontificate on how we all make competency assessment so hard on ourselves. Then say something silly like, all you need to do is watch them do a _______ proficiency testing sample, they will be pro
    1 point
  24. The age old problem of how do you make people pay attention to the details...If you figure this out, let me know. I haven't yet. Do you not have an "IRRADIATED RBC" product in your dictionary that the physician could have chosen? That puts the responsibility on them, where it should lie. A comment is not an order and, if they are relying on that, they are forcing your techs into a position of failure. I would suggest you add an irradiated product order to your dictionary. If the physician wants that product, they must order that product that way.
    1 point
  25. Very proud to have received this through the post earlier this week, to go with being elected to Fellowship of the British Blood Transfusion Society earlier this year.
    1 point
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