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Marilyn Plett

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Marilyn Plett last won the day on October 7 2016

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About Marilyn Plett

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  • Birthday 12/06/1946

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    Retired blood banker

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  1. Happy Birthday Marilyn - one of my heroines!

    1. Marilyn Plett

      Marilyn Plett

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

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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/
  9. Are there any family members who can be tested?
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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".
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Here's a link to the "Last Chance Review" in Houston scheduled for February 9-10, 2013. Deadline to sign up is February 4. http://www.giveblood.org/services/education/sbb-last-chance-review