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  1. Hi Eva, In your product dictionary, include all of the possible divided barcodes. So instead of just E0869 add E0869VA0, E0869VB0, E0869VC0, and E0869VD0. And those are zeros on the end, not capital O. That should work for you. Becky
  2. Hi Everyone, I'm resurrecting this oldie. We've just gone live with TAR and I have questions about the volume for our LRBCs also. We have it default to 250 for our products that are "from 450 ml whole blood--E0401) and I'm hearing that some of our units are more and the extra volume has to be documented into the "other" field on the nursing input and output section. What do you guys do? If I default it greater than 250, I'm afraid that if the unit is less, it won't look like the entire unit was transfused. Thoughts? Becky
  3. We're going to be going live with a new Meditech version (6.1) and we'll be starting to use TAR with barcode scanning. This prompted my facility to buy a digi-trax printer so we can reprint labels when we make components. Can anyone help me with this? Should I buy 4x4 labels with DIN removed or can I get by using just the 4x2 (to label the bottom two quadrants)? Also, shouldn't I retain our blood supplier's facility information on there? We don't aliquot and we don't pool...we just make components. Thanks for your help. Becky
  4. We are half your size and have all generalists. Lately I've made things like this a question of respect for the job and our hospital coworkers. We expect excellence from phlebotomy and nursing in regards to specimen collection and transfusion of products. No questions, hesitation or excuses. We expect excellence from our blood suppliers in regards to safety and quality of products. If something's not perfect, we're not using it. How can we do that with a straight face if we do not expect excellence from ourselves? If someone calls me a BB nag I agree with them and just tell them that we need our actions to match the excellence we expect from others. They're starting to get it and starting to trust that anyone who rotates through there gets it, too. Blood Bankers have always been called "different" and that's a good and necessary thing. Any generalist who is in our blood bank that day is, indeed, a "Blood Banker." It's annoying to nag most days but if you keep at it, it will get better! Or the ones who get tired of you will leave. Oh well. Good luck to you! Becky
  5. Ok this made my day! Thanks for sharing it!
  6. These make me so happy! Super cute, Cliff!
  7. Bringing up an oldie but goodie. Our facility feels more comfortable administering RhIG to miscarriage patients even if they're very early into their pregnancy. We routinely perform antibody screens on these patients (not necessarily before issuing the RhIG). It doesn't seem like we would have to do this...but it is worth it to have a "complete" picture for the OB patient?
  8. This is a huge help! Thanks so much...this may work for us too. Off to test some stuff
  9. Thanks for your response. We do have the hgb linked so it appears during different steps of resulting/issuing. I'll just say that there is a potential for a nurse to assume transfusion orders based on unit RDY status even when the hgb is "acceptable" for a transfusion. What is your unit status when it is ready to be issued?
  10. Haha, I was just going to start this thread! Glad I'm not going crazy (well, at least in this respect). I like how it follows my mouse Cool.
  11. Calling all Magic users... I'm looking for a way for the lab to order two units for our antibody patients but not make them seen by nursing as "transfuse these units now". It's our policy to order two LRBC on our inhouse antibody patients but there is a potential for clinical staff to see two units in ready status and assume they're for transfusion. How do others deal with this? Do you have separate "give" or "transfuse" orders? Do you change the units to some kind of custom inactive status? Thanks, Becky
  12. Thanks for your responses! Scott, a transfusion slip with the complete patient demographics and unit information go with the unit, it's just not tied, attached, stuck on, etc. The patient's info is verified when they bring down their physician signed uncrossmatched blood form when they're picking their units up. The units are issued through the "emergency issue" function in Meditech Magic to registered patients. So all of the information is linked in our HIS. Certainly ER is responsible to "log what unit goes into what patient." When they're infusing, they match what is on the transfusion slip to the unit and the patient's wrist band. After you do your 5 minutes in mediware assigning the units how do you actually label them? Mabel, I see where you're coming from, but I think if a member of clinical staff comes into the blood bank with our standard form for blood for Mr. Apos, is issued and reads back form with Mr. Apos's info with BB staff, takes the Apos unit with Mr. Apos's patient information all over it and runs into some other room and hangs it on some other patient without looking at anything then we're in big trouble!
  13. Thanks Mabel, good point. Maybe that's just the compromise I was looking for. I think O negs will go flying out the door and anything beyond that will have patient specific information attached.
  14. Hi Everybody, Opinions please... For normal, crossmatched units we label our units with an adhesive hollister label that has all the required info (handwritten) and we send a computer generated "transfusion slip" (we have Meditech magic) with the unit (unattached). For emergency issue, I've told the techs that we just need to apply our bright orange "uncrossmatched" label and send the transfusion slip with the patient information on it. I've gotten some differing opinions who say that we should still apply the adhesive handwritten hollister label to the unit so it shows exactly who the uncrossmatched blood should be transfused to. I guess we'd have to cross out the "compatible" wording. What do you all think/do? I believe it will take precious extra time to handwrite a hollister label and stick it on an uncrossmatched unit, but I certainly see the other viewpoint too, and I want to follow requirement guidelines also (we're CAP and AABB). We're a small hospital with not a lot of opportunity to issue uncrossmatched blood. Extremely small chance we'd ever have two traumas requiring emergency issue at one time. Becky
  15. I don't think AABB defines it that specifically, however Standards 28 (6.1.4) reads "Review of each policy, process and procedure shall be performed by an authorized individual at a minimum every two years."
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