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Marilyn Plett last won the day on October 7 2016

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  1. I'm curious about the "diagnosis". Was the allergist thinking out loud about possibilities? Or has he done some diagnostic testing and issued a report? Could a hyper-reactive immune system respond to some of the effects of storage on RBCs or WBCs? (I'm really going out on a limb here since by knowledge is limited). I've collected donor blood in glass bottles 40+ years ago and more recently for my brother-in-law the veterinarian who needed to transfuse a dog. I don't know if they're still available.
  2. Happy Birthday Marilyn - one of my heroines!

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      Marilyn Plett

      Thanks. I'm having a good day. I turned 70 but my yoga mates assure me that I look 60!


    Before I retired, we used leuko-reduced RBCs with antibody. When we began, we kept extensive records to study if the use of such RBCs caused subsequent problems; they did not. I certainly think O neg RBCs with antibody are suitable for trauma patients since much of the antibody will bleed out. Using these units increases the number of available O neg RBCs. Like David, I wouldn't use them for NICU patients. I might also avoid using them for patients with sickle cell anemia. Since these patients make so many antibodies, I wouldn't want to do anything that could potentially complicate subsequent antibody ID. We had a poster session at the 2010 AABB meeting discussing the impact.
  4. Brussels

    I have very fond memories of living in Brussels in the "80s. Beautiful city; wonderful food. My son was born there. I passed through the Maelbeek station many times, so this feels very close to home. My heart goes out to all of its inhabitants.
  5. SBB Exam

    You might be interested in the Last Chance Review webinar coming up Feb 13-14. http://www.giveblood.org/education/sbb-last-chance-review-via-webinar/
  6. Happy Birthday Marilyn; one of my absolute heroes!

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      Marilyn Plett

      Thanks for the greeting! I think next year I'll begin to count backwards.

  7. Rh typing in tube-when to call patient Rh positive

    You might also want to look at the report of the AABB and CAP work group on Rh testing. AABB/CAP joint statement: http://www.aabb.org/advocacy/statements/Pages/statement150722.aspx Report in Transfusion (March 2015): http://www.aabb.org/advocacy/statements/Documents/statement150722.pdf
  8. mislabeled BB specimen and bad outcome

    Here's a link to the FDA data on transfusion-associated fatalities. I know of at least one death to which an ABO mismatch contributed. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/ReportaProblem/TransfusionDonationFatalities/ucm346639.htm
  9. Rare donors

    Here's a link to an article about rare donors in The Atlantic magazine. Nice explanation for the average person. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-most-precious-blood-on-earth/381911/
  10. What to transfuse?

    Are there any family members who can be tested?
  11. Auto Anti-c

    If you are in the USA, the mention of money can sometimes bring doctors off the ledge and back into reality. Rare units will be enormously expensive.
  12. Glass Tiles/Ceramic Tiles

    I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I remember using Ouchterlony plates to detect Australia antigen (Hepatitis . And we all had our coffee cups nearby!
  13. Requiring two nurses at bedside verification

    It's been my experience that two nurses do the "bedside check" at the nursing station, i.e., they review the paperwork but not the patient ID. A family member was in the hospital recently. I had more confidence in the computer scans of the wristband and the medication than in any human "verification".
  14. SBB Practice Exams

    Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center sponsors the Last Chance Review to help prepare for the SBB exam. See http://giveblood.org/services/education/sbb-last-chance-review. You can attend in person, join by Webinar, or simply purchase handouts.

    I would also look at what the Joint Commission has to say about this. Nurses will frequently accept Joint Commission regulations even as they complain about other regulations.