In South Africa it is legislated that the ABO/Rh be confirmed on the segment from the pack before transfusion. When the blood bank changed to an automated crossmatch method, segment testing remained manual due to the cost of automated grouping. The cost of testing the ABO/Rh on the Olympus PK7300 proved to be significantly lower than other methods like Autovue etc.
While there were substantial benefits new problems emerged. The tediousness of the task of cutting the segments manually to decant the blood into the test tubes (800-1000 per staff member), as well as manually comparing the