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Jessica A

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  1. EPIC should not have any impact on needing a 2nd specimen. That's actually a setting in the hosparams of Softbank as well as a crucial piece of information in 1 of the data files. If SoftBank is set to allow for a blood type from an outside import as an initial type AND the correct file has the DATE of last ABO/Rh test included, the system will recognize the old blood type AND that the old type counts toward electronic crossmatch (and type specific RBCs if your hosparam is set that way). Initially, the data files were missing the date for the last blood type and I made them import that as well. Now, assuming the validation goes well, we won't need to do retypes for patients with imported histories.
  2. The IT department is only responsible for creating the exports (50+ different export files), it is 100% my job as the supervisor to make sure the format is working in our archive. When it didn't work I reported the issue then the IT folks worked with the vendor to figure out how to format the files to get them to display correctly. I'm extremely particular and wouldn't have trusted any one else to understand or get it right anyway. It sounds like a small part but we have decided we are doing about 1% of our 52000+ patients. Plus a percent of unit and RhoGAM histories as well. But we are hand picking to make sure all patients with special requirements are checked and at least 1 example of every possible antigen and antibody is checked to make sure the translation is correct, plus a large portion of patient with comments.
  3. I have not heard of importing into EPIC. What sorts of data would get imported into EPIC? We have an archive patient chart that everything from the Cerner chart went in to so I can see the old transfusion records and any test results on the patients but that is it. Our reporting team dropped the ball on getting the files tested to see if the format was correct for SoftBSA in a timely manner so we have been working on getting the file formats correct since July. They are finally correct after about a thousand iterations. I've been checking pieces and examples the entire time but we are starting the official validation of BSA this week. This includes all BB tests, specimen IDs, patient demographics, blood types, antigens, antibodies, special requirements, comments, plus all RhoGAM and unit histories. If that goes well we copy our patient database from SoftBank and will overlay BSA with the copy, revalidate the patients or a portion of the patients. Then when we are satisfied this is correct we will take SoftBank LIVE down to import the BSA data and spot check a portion of the patients to make sure there wasn't a snafu in the import process, not so much the data itself.
  4. I should have specified that the historical data was entered into our archive to my exacting specifics and I have been mini-validating all along because it was an extremely complicated import that took our reporting team months to iron out all the information. All of the historical data will live in SoftBSA with the patient data eventually importing in to SoftBank. Unfortunately, my generalist staff only works in BB a couple of days per month and we have already had a near miss due to the history not being in our live system so import of patient data is crucial. They had trouble transcribing a complicated patient from our old Cerner system into SoftBank while the historical data was getting sorted out. Right now I'm about to officially validate BSA prior to them copying our live database and loading the patient information in the copy of the SoftBank database which will also have to be validated. Right now I'm inclined to check the ABO/Rh history on 500 patients which is about 1%, check 100 patients with antibody or antigen histories and all patients with special instructions such as irradiation or comments. We are importing unit and rhogam data as well and I think it would be a good idea to check at least a few of every product type we have ever used in the past decade with a heavy emphasis on our common products. All of this is necessary because we don't have a contract to maintain access to our old system and the files that IT will have as raw data from our old system will be inaccessible and not interpret-able by lab staff. Tests will also be available in my archive but we can also get those on the archived patient chart in an easier format so I don't see the point in spending a ton of time validating this other than making sure a handful match for each test.
  5. We are importing all of our historical blood bank data from Cerner into SCC SoftBSA/SoftBank, most importantly our patient blood types, antibodies, antigens, comments and special requirements. We are trying to figure out what number or percentage of patient histories to validate. Any input? I can't find a CAP reg related to this.
  6. I wish we were at least big enough to keep platelets all the time but we also don't keep platelets in house unless we have a scheduled open heart or an actual transfusion order. We do maybe 1 MTP every other month so we can't keep thawed FFP for that reason. Did you get the regular maxQ coolers that are designed to hold I think 2 or 4 units? I'm really concerned about how easy it is to accidentally freeze the red cells in our current coolers.
  7. Thank you for the info. I think I'll contact the company to get a quote on their hard side coolers or see if they will sell me the inserts separately. I tried the MaxQ MTP cooler and couldn't get it to validate. The FFP went in fairly warm and that side never came down to 1-6C. The red cells quickly went up above 1-6C. We don't keep thawed FFP on the shelf so anything for our massives is thawed at time of order and doesn't get a chance to get refrigerated before it goes out. I would think it would work great if the FFP starts at closer to 10C. I was super bummed that I couldn't get it to work. The only option would be to try to convince my techs to pull the FFP from the bath sooner and I don't think I would get great compliance.
  8. Are you using the ones that look just like an igloo cooler? I'm wondering if the cooler is basically the same but the little containment unit being the difference maker. Do they sell replacement inserts? Can you give me the specific product you are using and if you don't mind, how much each one cost for you? Did you by them from the company directly or was there a third party medical vendor you used?
  9. Are you using freezer gel packs, freezer blocks, bags of melting ice or something else in your igloo plymate coolers? I'm having issues with 2 gel packs dropping the units below freezing and 1 not getting the bags below 6C. I really don't want to switch to actual ice for many reasons.
  10. This is what I would tell them to do if it came to it. I think I'll update our procedure and start by saying "in a true emergency" we'll use our freshest O Neg and give it as uncrossmatched. We already have the procedure written that they will take the whole unit and give what they need, discarding the rest. We of course had a situation recently where a large maternal fetal hemorrhage nearly killed the baby and someone said "we don't do that here" (the RN I believe) when the MD asked about transfusing before lifelining. So as part of the CAPA I'm having to look at our policies which admittedly need updating.
  11. So my hospital hasn't transfused a pediatric patient, let alone neonate, in at least a decade. We don't stock splitting or syringe supplies and we don't keep an irradiated fresh pedi unit either. The rational is that the nursing staff and lab staff lack the experience to do such transfusions and by the time everyone read their procedures the baby could be lifelined to a facility with a NICU (we have a helicopter available 24/7). Even by road during traffic the drive would only be about an hour. Our blood supplier is about an hour away (2 if they take their time getting it ready during rush hour) so again, it is faster to transfer the baby than wait for the blood to arrive and prepare it. We have a special care nursery but it's really not that "special", I've never actually seen a baby with worse than some mild breathing or blood sugar issues stay here. What does everyone else without a proper NICU do for the extremely rare pediatric patient?
  12. blood confusion! Ha ha, that's probably a typo but it is definitely how I feel about our LIS/BBIS conversion! The number of acronyms used by EPIC are in the hundreds, it is overwhelming. And every employee in the company appears to be under the age of 28 so they have plenty of mental resources available to remember them all whereas all of us in the hospital are staring in wide eyed fear.
  13. We are going to Softbank and I used Soft over a decade ago at another facility. We never used a dummy patient for our emergency release. I can't remember the exact process now, but we always released the units to the real patient. Maybe you can tweak your emergency release process to make things easier for the first MTP cooler?
  14. It was my understanding that the emergency transfusion option was really just an Is/Os flow sheet that doesn't perform the patient/unit safety check that BPAM performs. How in the world are you surviving without a BBIS? Can you even use BPAM without any information crossing back to EPIC?
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