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  1. I just got a memo from the ARC. They are working on convalescent plasma supplies. No details yet.
  2. In our region demand has decreased enough that supply is stable right now. Bless the donors who still show up to donate and the ARC staff working the drives and at the blood centers.
  3. Blood shortages are a big problem in parts of the US. Donors are not presenting, drives are being cancelled. Those patients who normally need blood products will be affected by that. I can't speak to Covid19 patients specifically...yet. We have been asked to reduce our stock by 25% and cut usage by 25% so that blood products will be available for those who need it most.
  4. We store dry ice in a box that we get frozen tissues in - heavy duty, dense solid foam box with a dense, soft foam plug for a lid. The box is sitting out in the main lab at room temperature. Dry ice lasts for days in there, even with the foam plug off. These boxes are actually much better than the fancy cooler that we had previously purchased that was made specifically for that purpose. When the foam plug gets ripped up from being pulled in and out of the box, we just toss the whole thing and start with a different box.
  5. The Log Tag Trix 8 is also what I have. Easy to use.
  6. We require a signature from the ordering provider if emergency release is requested whether the product was actually transfused or not. We keep the signed form as part of our documentation for the event.
  7. I've been using Log Tag data loggers with a probe for cooler validations. Maybe using a data logger with a probe would be more responsive.
  8. We get specimens for titers monthly for all OB patients with clinically significant alloantibodies. As Malcolm says, if the antibody screen is negative for a patient with an historic alloantibody it is pointless to order a titer. Once the titer rises to the point that it is considered 'critical', the patient is followed by other means and we no longer receive specimens/orders for titers. These patients are almost always being seen by specialists at that point and those providers determine what is ordered or not ordered.
  9. The manufacturer's instructions for use on the infusion set packaging says: "Consult facility protocols and current standards for guidance on changing sets. It is recommended to change sets within 4 hours after initiating infusion of blood or blood products." So that's what our SOPs state - 4 hours. Nursing service agrees.
  10. Generally a new infusion set is required after 4 hours. If infusion of a second unit will pass the 4 hour mark on the initial infusion set, a new set should be used when the 2nd unit is started.
  11. I have a Helmer DH4 that is quite elderly. It's been very reliable. Thaws quickly.
  12. I used to be able to access the Commendable Practices as an individual AABB member, but not anymore. I did find some very helpful information when I could access them.
  13. It snowed outside my window Saturday. I prefer the snow in this window actually.
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