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  1. Experienced this. We backup the backup on an encrypted flash drive. If it happens again we would have IT give us a laptop (not connected to internet or network) to use just to pull the files.
  2. I suppose if it was a major revision then the procedure would have been revised which would trigger a medical director sign-off.
  3. It looks like we have the Medical Director sign-off on new forms but not revised.
  4. The ultra-low chart is electronic, we download it monthly. Yes, it is prechilled for the freezer.
  5. For our Ultra low freezer we change the chamber temp to the alarm range. For the freezer we are able to place the chart probe and chamber probe in alcohol and add rt water until it alarms.
  6. We make a 0.8% suspension of donor Rhpos red blood cell unit with the diluent and then test it with manufactured control antiserum (as positive control) and saline (as negative control).
  7. Same as cswickard, except for temp increase, we use an increase greater than 38C
  8. Same or QC material from Quotient or BioRad works
  9. Special Transfusion Requirements, such as Irradiate and antigen negative w/ antibody, are listed on our unit tag and record. Transfusionists are trained to review what is on the label/record with what is on the unit.
  10. Reviving this. We are trying to validate the Hemobioscience EluClear in gel method and we are seeing 1, 2, 4, however our last wash is clean (no hazy/grainy look, no appearance of hemolysis on the top of the gel). Any suggestions?
  11. 1. At what temp do you call it a Febrile reaction? >/= 38C 2. Do you also use temp increase from the baseline? If so what is? No 3. Do you use other criteria with Temp increase for culture? If so what are they? Have symptoms related to sepsis (CDC defin); however it is our MD call to culture. 4. If you do have one, what is your definition for tachycardia (eg =>100 bpm?) do not define 5. Same with Hypotension, any numerical definition? do not define
  12. As the previous posters stated there isn't a requirement on the number. I reviewed every record each month for years. Probably 4 years ago I changed this to 10% of total transfusions for the month. Then about 2 years ago it was changed to at least 30 records each month.
  13. For units tested to find the antigen negative unit.
  14. Does anyone know if there is a requirement that Transfusion Service/Blood Bank personnel cannot work more than 12 hours in a row? I've never heard of this but was told our policy came about because of this unknown requirement.
  15. Does anyone have an eluate blind sample recipe for unknowns that will yield enough sample for an ID?
  16. We strive for 100% completion but have a threshold of at least 85%. Nursing has to part-take in corrective action planning when they fall below the threshold, this way they have ownership of documentation.
  17. Bringing this back... When a manufacturers states a product is accept for 1 month once opened. How do you calculate the expiration date? - Would it always be 30 days from the day opened? - Would you alternate between 30 and 31? - Would you could 4 weeks? - Do you count the date opened as day 1?
  18. We are looking at sending the transfusions outside of threshold to the chiefs of each specialty to review. However we do not know yet how we can confirm they are reviewing it. Currently we send them quarterly CT ratios.
  19. We only thaw plasma/cryo and rarely split RBCs and the FDA stated registration is not needed. When in doubt just ask them, they are always helpful.
  20. We do the same with the BioRad Poly. I also include a negative cell with QC (A1 cell), just to say it reacts with IgG coated cells and Complement coated cells but not with non-coated cells.
  21. We take the temp and only will return to inventory if between 20-24C. We do not take the temp when they are received from the blood supplier since they validate their boxes for transport.
  22. I would say that depends on your manufacturer's instructions for QC.
  23. I'm at a 220 bed hospital, we have dedicated Transfusion Medicine technologists on all shifts. We have hired new grads, they are able to work successfully alone with proper training and the willingness to learn on their part.
  24. We have always kept the packing slip for 10 years as part of the traceability of unit, granted the information is entered in our LIS.
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