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TMGal

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    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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    Technical Director for Transfusion Medicine

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  1. TMGal

    Thawing Plasma

    Thank you for the replies. Very helpful!
  2. TMGal

    Thawing Plasma

    Hi Everyone. I have two questions today: 1. If you have a plasma thawer on site, what do you use as a back up? I have a site with a plasma thawer but nothing for back up - no second plasma thawer and no waterbath.....is AABB OK with a warm basin? Thoughts? 2. If you thaw apheresis plasma, how long does it take? Our policy states it should thaw within 30' but I am told this isn't long enough.....? Thanks...........
  3. For your A-ive donor with the screen positive in gel and negative in tube, is there a pattern in the antigram? Gel is much more sensitive to Rh antibodies than tube. You said the patient is male so unlikely they received RhIg. If results repeat in gel, I would suggest Rh phenotyping the donor for c, e status.
  4. Thanks to all for your responses. There are some very interesting ideas here in which we can draw from.
  5. We are evaluating data loggers for our hospitals. We use them when sending red cells from a regional site to a smaller rural site which may take a couple of hours in travel. We trialed zLogg, Libero (Elpro) and TempTale Ultra. Does anyone have experience with any of these data loggers you would be willing to share? Almost all of the new data loggers do not allow you to change the battery so a replacement must be purchased when the battery dies.... thanks.....
  6. TMGal

    Accessioning Error Rate

    Thanks - I have looked on-line extensively and have not found any literature with an "established" error rate which we could compare to. We are monitoring our rates monthly but it would be nice to know if anyone else has done this and if there is a ball park error rate we could compare ourselves to rather than a full blown six sigma study....
  7. All of our TM samples are manually entered into our LIS with ~9,000 samples accessioned monthly. We do capture pre-analytical errors pertaining to the data entry (eg. mis-spelled names, wrong DOB, wrong test selected, etc.). We have been keeping track of our pre-analytical data entry errors in conjunction with the number of samples registered but I am unable to find any literature to compare it to....? Is anyone aware of any published data regarding "acceptable" lab data entry error rates? Thanks and Happy Easter!
  8. Thank you all for your comments. We do have a system in place for our cancer patients and PAC-OR folks which includes arm-banding. From what I am hearing, any patient considered an "out-patient" (ie. cancer, pre-admit, dialysis) who comes into a hospital and has a T&S drawn would then require some sort of arm-banding or alternative ID process if they were to leave the hospital then come back later in the day or the next day for a transfusion. Correct?
  9. Hi Everyone, Does your facility/region allow for a patient to have their blood sample drawn for a T&S at Facility A and their transfusion given at Facility B? If so, how do you ensure the patient who had their blood drawn at Facility A is the same patient that shows up at Facility B for their transfusion? When I use the example of Facility A and B, they represent separate hospitals within a city; however, the labs are all under one institution and all follow the same P&Ps. thanks.......
  10. How do those of you in larger acute hospitals receive orders for emergency blood? Does the ward fax a request for blood or do you allow the ward to call the blood bank for emergency units? If you allow the wards to call in their requests for emergency blood, how do you ensure that not every order becomes "stat". Does the blood bank staff ever feel overwhelmed with calls?
  11. Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. Much appreciated!
  12. Is anyone using stick-on temperature indicators for their RBC units? If so, what are your thoughts? I saw a vendor at AABB this year who was selling them and now can't remember who it was....
  13. TMGal

    Immucor Echo Life Expectancy

    Can anyone share with me what the life expectancy is for an Immucor Echo?
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