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    Group A plasma for traumas

    When we do not have AB plasma or platelets we use type A on patients of unknown blood type but document the physician was notified on a deviation Form as it is not our normal protocol. In MTP we notify the nurse who picks up the blood and she documents in the chart that she notified the physician. Same when using O Pos instead of O Neg RBCs.
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    TRM.41350 Compatibilty Label/Tag

    When issuing multiple uncrossmatched RBC, FFP, Plat for MTPs do you read the name, MR, donor numbers, donor type, expiration date/time for each unit? It takes a long time to do on a unit that is not crossmatched or even type specific. We do not have trauma packs in the ER and rarely use them except for drills. There are 2 Nurses checking at bedside but our policy is to check everything in the BB at time of dispense.
  3. Our computer system (Cerner) updates the patient record with the antibody, antigen typing, any comments-problems, etc. which is available each time we enter the patient record for testing. Our past 2 computer systems have been uploaded with the patient history files so they are available indefinitely. We keep the patient ABID paper work-ups alphabetically by year in a file. We keep patient antigram worksheets for 10 years as required by CAP then discard.
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    Separate Blood Bank Armbands

    We use them both at time of draw and time of issue.
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    Gold Medal.

    Congrats Malcolm!!
  6. Is there any standard that states blood should be started within 30 minutes from time of issue? We have that statement in our Nursing transfusion procedure but since the 30 minute return time is no longer in place we want the unit to be used after 30 minutes if it is delayed due to IV problems, etc. as long as it can be completed within 4 hours. Nursing does not want to use if it is past the 30 minute timeframe.
  7. We are looking to streamline our documentation for patients who are receiving Massive Transfusions. Currently Nursing documents each unit given individually on its own Blood Administration Form in Cerner. The form is 3 parts that includes pre-vitals, Unit info and patient verification, start-stop times, volume infused, post reactions or lack of. Does anyone document differently when using MTPs? What is the minimum Nursing documentation required for transfusion? We were thinking of making a form that includes multiple donor numbers. Do the start and stop times need documented per unit or could we do it as a group? We are level 3 trauma center and rarely get patient's that require MTPs. Looking for a good method in case we need to stabilize in OR/ER before transporting.
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    Thawing FFP is not considered preparing components so I would mark it NA. FYI.. You need an FDA license/inspection if you prepare components.
  9. We check for a 3 month RHIG history (probably could be longer but we chose 3 months). If the ABSC is + we do a mini panel (Ortho panel has cells marked with * - Immucor has cells with brackets; if negative rule out significant antibodies other than D. We then call it Anti-D RHIG. This Anti-D only requires a full AHG crossmatch while it is demonstrating. If patient returns ABSC Neg we can go back to electronic XM.
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    Blood Bank staff

    I too am the only dedicated Blood Banker . I have found it more and more challenging as staff is quickly retiring and being replaced with young grad generalists. I try to reinforce the theory behind all of the blood bank tests in order for them to grasp the whole picture for trouble shooting those patient's that are the exceptions to the rules but there is only so much new grads can absorb during training. They are learning our processes, a new computer system, and often have not been in Blood Bank for over a year and that was only for a rotation during school. It takes years to become a seasoned tech. Between training new techs, 6 month competencies, annual competencies, meeting changing standards, and dealing with shortages I find it a little overwhelming. Unfortunately I believe this is the new Norm and agree we are in a staffing crisis which needs addressed now.
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    Document Control

    We now use MediaLab. We loaded all of our current procedures into it. To edit you download and make the change. Once the new version is uploaded and approved by manager/Med Director major changes are sent to all personnel that use the procedure for review. Each step is documented electronically along with a note that you can add to describe the update. The person making the change is notified to remove old paper copies from whatever manuals you have it living in. You can make links available to the Intranet for nursing, etc. Every 2 years if no changes are made each procedure is sent to manager/Med director for review. It is a great system and user friendly. The old procedures are archived.
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    ARC Packing Slips? Keep? Trash? HELP!

    I have struggled with this too. I keep mine because of the ARC statement: All products in the shipment have been inspected and found suitable for distribution. We document inspection on receipt in the computer when entering into our system. I keep mine for 5 years?? Maybe this should be changed to 10 if it is needed at all. ARC was suppose to go to an electronic Packing slip but for some reason never perfected. I figure at that point I will be able to stop keeping. Hoping someone finds a definitive answer to this and posts it.
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    monitoring units in coolers

    We validated our blood cooler to store blood at 1-6C, train the staff to not remove blood unless it is to be transfused, and take a return temp of the units when they are returned. No indicators are used since we had trouble validating them and we rarely transport/store blood outside of the Blood Bank.
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    Same here!
  15. I am trying to find a current reference for completing a red cell transfusion within 4 hours of the time of issue. I could not find it in the current CAP Standards and was wondering if this is still a requirement. Does anyone monitor Blood Administration for this?

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