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  1. Baby Banker

    Questionable blood types

    How old is this patient? Newborns and geriatric patients may have weakened cell typing reactions.
  2. Baby Banker

    FDA Question

    It is my understanding that if you use a computer system that is validated and has been set up with logic to recognize valid typing reactions (and reject others) that you meet this requirement.
  3. Baby Banker

    Repeat Antibody Investigations

    I agree with R1R2. Just be sure to rule out all the antibodies that the FDA requires that we screen for.
  4. Baby Banker

    Group O platelets titer

    We titer plts. Our cut off is 1:50.
  5. Baby Banker

    Gold Medal.

    Congrats!
  6. Baby Banker

    ABO Retype

    This is what we have always done, but I am in the process of rebuilding the verify type to include a serum type for just this reason.
  7. Baby Banker

    Blood Bank staff

    And we do aliquots in syringes and bags. We also reconstitute whole blood to a specified crit.
  8. Baby Banker

    Blood Bank staff

    We are a pediatric hospital with about 330 beds. That does not include the bascinets. We have a very active Heme/Onc program, as well as CV and neonatology, and Level 1 trauma service. Those are the services that use the most blood. We do stem cell, heart, liver, and kidney transplants.
  9. Baby Banker

    Positive Antibody Screen due to Rhig

    You could do a selected cell panel. Just make sure you cover all the antigens that are required in Canada. Here it is DCEce Kk FyaFyb JkaJkb LeaLeb P1 and MNSs, I think. Immucor has a 20 cell panel that has the upper ten cells are all D+, and the lower ten cells are D=. Cells 11, 12, & 13 can be used to screen for antibodies other than anti-D.
  10. Baby Banker

    Blood Bank staff

    We have dedicated blood bankers on each shift. This was suggested to us by an FDA inspector. We supplement with generalists on evenings and nights.
  11. I forgot to mention that I am at a pediatric hospital which is a level one trauma centre, and we also do heart, kidney, liver, and stem cell transplants. We have a large Heme/Onc practice. We have just under 350 beds, I think.
  12. We have SafeTrace Tx, and I have used Cerner in the past. The blood bank manager has used Mediware's HCLL, and I have seen a demo. SafeTrace is a good system from my point of view, but the techs are not overfond of it. There are a lot of places where the system will stop them cold. It is usually the case that they should be stopped cold when this happens. I will say that the canned reports are terrible. You can write Crystal Reports and query the data base, and they have a new analytics package that is supposed to make up for the shortcomings of the reports. We opted not to take it since we were told we would get it gratis as an established user. This did not happen and we are looking for a new system. We've had SafeTrace for about 15 years, so we don't take the decision to change systems lightly. As far as a new system goes, HCLL is at the top of the list. It was designed by blood bankers, and it shows. I would urge you not to make a decision without seeing a demo from HCLL. BloodTrack can be used with either of the systems.
  13. Baby Banker

    Transfusion in surgery pediatric cardiac

    We use fresh (less than seven days old) irradiated RBCs. We wash the units only if they are not fresh.
  14. Baby Banker

    Return of used blood

    We used to get them back from OR. What with bags returned with needles attached, and units clotting to the counter, it became a biohazardous nightmare. Now we only get back bags associated with transfusion reactions.
  15. Baby Banker

    HELP--ABO titer validation plan

    Both of these are good examples. We do our validation in three parts: Installation Qualification, Operational Qualification, and Production Qualification. The IQ just shows how it was installed. For a piece of equipment it could be the installation checklist. For a test it could be screen shots of whatever was changed in the computer to create the test. Operational Qualification shows that a piece of equipment does what the manufacturer says it will do. What I do for a test is build it in my Validation Environment and test it there. If that passes, I build it in the Production Environment and test it again. I can't move a computer build from one environment to another. So the testing method for OQ and PQ for a test is usually the same. However you validate, be sure to get your Medical Director to sign off on it.
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