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    I spent the first 16 years of my blood bank career at the Indiana Blood Center. I obtained a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University in December of 2004, and a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science in July 2006. I became MT(ASCP) certified in September 2006. I passed the ASCP SBB exam on 5/28/2010. In 2014, I was recognized as one of ASCP's inaugural Top 40 Under Forty Medical and Laboratory professionals, and later recognized as one of the Top Five. I changed careers in March 2016, joining IU Health as Director of the Academic Health Center Transfusion Medicine Laboratories, serving Methodist Hospital, University Hospital, and Riley Hospital for Children.
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  1. Hi Heather!  I saw an old post of yours about QC for the COBE cell washer.  I was wondering if you would be willing to share your current policy?  We are looking to revise ours.  My email is Christy.mudd@nortonhealthcare.org.


    Thank you!!

  2. I'm looking at my RBC inventory levels...something that I haven't done since I started here a year and a half ago (and goodness only knows when it was last reviewed before then). Can you all please tell me what you currently do?
  3. I don't know. I've never seen such a thing, which is why I'm polling the larger community.
  4. We do 4 hours after it leaves the Blood Bank.
  5. Hi everyone, I'm asking for a friend...this question was e-mailed to me and I couldn't find the answer. Any advice would be appreciated :-)! "...we used to carry here an infusion filter set that you could dial in the amount you wanted to transfuse. The nursery used to keep them. Just found out that they no longer keep them and haven't ordered them in ages. Our central supply doesn't remember anything about them. The reason I asked, we had a newborn get transferred from here and the ambulance service took a unit of blood. ER wanted this specific filter to go with and we didn't have one. Normally for an infusion here, we'd just split the unit and go with it, but ER wanted the whole unit to go. I'm striking out trying to find some. Do you know of any manufacturers of these types of filters?"
  6. Our nursing procedure states: Acceptable catheter size ranges from 14 to 25 gauge (6.3-1.5 French); use the largest size possible for the patient. 18-20 gauge (3.8-2.7 French) catheter provides adequate flow rates without excessive discomfort for the adult or larger pediatric patient. Catheters smaller than 20 gauge (2.7 French) will require slower flow rates to prevent hemolysis of red cells. Larger bore catheters (14-16 gauge/6.3-5 French) should be used for patients requiring rapid infusions.
  7. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/Blood/UCM425952.pdf This is in Draft status, but should be finalized this year. Once finalized, FDA will give 2 years for implementation. Transfusion services should not be mandated to make changes until some time in 2019 or later. There are some misstatements in some previous posts that should be clarified. PAS apheresis platelets can be stored up to 5 days and must have a "safety measure" test within 24 hours of transfusion if transfused on Day 4 or 5. The use of platelet additive solution does not confer any protection against bacterial proliferation. Plasma-stored apheresis platelets can be stored up to 7 days and must have a "safety measure" test within 24 hours of transfusion if transfused on Day 4, 5, 6, or 7. Pathogen reduced apheresis platelets can be stored up to 5 days and can be transfused up until expiration without additional testing.
  8. Most of our reconstituted whole blood is made using washed RBCs (to remove the residual anti-A/anti-B/anti-A,B), which necessitates the 24 hour outdate.
  9. We get a page also in the Blood Bank, but we don't have phlebotomy teams and our Med Techs (who are dedicated blood bankers) don't draw samples.
  10. Yes, we don't get a sample sometimes when the patient expires. Usually those cases don't go for too long...but there are some that have several doses with no sample. We have a big Level 1 Trauma service and activate our Massive Transfusion protocol every 2.5 days.
  11. The weather's getting warmer here in Indiana and that means that everyone's suddenly out shooting and stabbing each other again, which translates to an uptick in our Massive Transfusion activations. We seem to have a rash of these lately where "they" never send us a sample for a type and screen. For those of you who manage these often, can you please share the creative things that you do to help "them" remember to collect a specimen? I don't think that refusing to give out products will win me any fans, nor can I send Blood Bank staff out to collect the sample.
  12. We are validating DAT on the Ortho Vision platform, and they do not provide a positive control reagent for this purpose. What are other Vision users using for positive control for DAT on this platform?
  13. I need some guidance! I did a quick search of the forums for any discussion about this, and the most current posting was in 2010. I'm wondering if anyone has any new information, new experiences, or any advice about CAP TRM.40120. The note states "...all analysts participate in QC on a regular basis." How frequently is "regular"? For example, when I was looking to complete our annual Competency assessment in September (don't ask...), I was looking for evidence that each individual who performs MTS testing had performed MTS QC. There were some employees who had not performed MTS QC yet in 2016. I'm inclined to say that someone who hasn't performed QC in at least 8+ months is not participating in QC on a regular basis. Being new to my role, I'm just not sure how the assessors interpret this standard, and how others provide evidence of compliance.
  14. Greetings Community! I would like to talk to anyone who has experience operating a blood bank in the pediatric setting. The Blood Bank that serves my Pediatric hospital is located in the building next door, and therefore the staff at the Pediatric hospital feel that they "do not have a blood bank" (even though they are all connected by pneumatic tube and you can walk out of the door of one and into the other within several strides). Therefore, there are several refrigerators throughout the hospital containing a unit or two of O- Emergency RBCs that they can grab and transfuse as uncrossmatched (filling out the appropriate paperwork and sending with samples to the Blood Bank). They are located in the ER, OR, PICU, and NICU. For anyone who stores RBCs like this for pediatric use, how old are the RBCs in the refrigerator? Do you irradiate them? For anyone who does NOT store RBCs like this, how did you convince everyone that you could deliver uncrossmatched RBCs quickly enough that they should just order them from the Blood Bank? I have suggested that they can just call and we can get them what they need, but was met with the argument that "when we need them, we need them now." Thanks in advance! Heather
  15. According to the AABB Association Bulletin 16-02, if you detect an actual antibody and need to do an AHG crossmatch, you can treat the K-/antigen- donor RBCs with DTT before doing the crossmatch. If you have identified and honored all of the underlying allos, your AHG crossmatch would be compatible :-).
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