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Marilyn Plett

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  • Birthday 12/06/1946

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  1. Early in my career, we used glass bottles. Since I was familiar with bottles, I got deputized to help my brother-in-law veterinarian collect a blood donation from the family dog.
  2. Back in the 70's, two patients with identical names and identical hospital ID numbers except for one number were in rooms across the hall from each other. The O patient received the red cells intended for the B patient. I discovered the error when I accidentally entered the wrong room to collect a transfusion reaction specimen and did my due diligence on patient identification. Subsequent new admission rules forbade having two patients on the same wing with the same name.
  3. I don't believe that an optical aid necessarily refers to a microscope. In my pre-retirement years we used the agglutination viewer when an optical aid was required. Example: https://www.fishersci.com/shop/products/fisherbrand-tube-agglutination-viewer-5-watt-bulb-w-magnifying-mirror/22363560
  4. When we converted to 100% leuko-reduction, my former blood center found that Hgb S units did not leuko-reduce even if they passed through the filter.
  5. Once, as I was trying to help a student analyze a problem, she commented that she had had three years of college and I was the first person who had asked her to think! I suspect that's the norm.
  6. Please discuss the importance of donation with this donor, and register the donor with the American Rare Donor Program. I remember having a pregnant patient with anti-Rh17. I believe there were only a couple of units available nationally. If I remember correctly, we had to resort to autologous donation, iron, and EPO.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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/
  12. Happy Birthday Marilyn; one of my absolute heroes!

    1. Marilyn Plett

      Marilyn Plett

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

  13. 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
  14. 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
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