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KKidd last won the day on December 26 2014

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  • Birthday 08/10/1953

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    Transfuson Service Supervisor

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  1. KKidd

    Blood Transportation to Floors

    We use a opaque purple bag. I like to refer to it as the "party " gift bag. My director asked that we do this. It wasn't necessary to use a bio-hazard bag.
  2. At our facility, we attach a small bag of saline to the other "Y" of our tubing prior to transfusion. This is used to flush the line at the conclusion of the process to make sure that all of the blood is given. We are being asked to check on this as a good practice. I would appreciate input from other facilities.
  3. KKidd

    Workflow for 2nd Blood Draws

    We have a history prompt that we answer with the patient's type/antibody status (AP/NAB/BN/PAB). For a history of NONE, there is a reflex to the retype. It is canceled if the patient is group "O". IF the patient has a previous antibody(PAB) the user is prompted to enter the specific antibody, strength at last testing and the date of that testing.
  4. KKidd

    FDA 30 minute rule

    The ambient temperature is the key. It is a matter of temperature not an absolute time period. This was explained to me by an AABB inspector. She did not cite us, but encouraged us to make a change. We place temperature monitors on all RBC that leave the lab. If they have not monitor, we will not accept them back.
  5. The antigen types on our unit labels are not barcoded. CMV negative attribute is, but we cannot read the barcode with Meditech.
  6. KKidd

    confirming blood types on products

    We stopped using the labels about 8 years ago. We place the untested units in a designated shelf. After testing they are moved with the available units. We use Meditech and have a hard stop that prevents using untested units.
  7. I am looking for an alarm to use with my reagent refrigerator. This will be required as of 4/1/18. Currently we just check the temp daily.
  8. KKidd

    Quarterly Alarm Checks

    This is what we are doing. An AABB assessor suggested we do the ice bath once a year. We are TJC inspected.
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  10. KKidd

    Maintenance Frequency/Intervals

    We once had weekly maintenance scheduled for Thursday. One of our inspectors didn't like the fact that wee were so specific and said that we weren't meeting our requirements if it varied. Now we just call it weekly.
  11. With the exception of emergencies, the patient must sign a consent form. We have a place to decline blood products.
  12. The report BBK Unit Disposition Statistics will give you all you need. I print using all categories and get received, transfused as well as the different categories of units not used (exp, dam, des, etc) I print it monthly for my statistics. The last page has all components listed. Been in your position - Good Luck!!!!
  13. We complete a transfer form and include the information "Please call (phone #) when blood arrives - placing it in bold letters. Most of the time our patient can be traced to a facility about 60 miles away and we can follow-up easily. That being said, we encourage everyone to hang a unit immediately prior to transport.
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    Enjoy it. I plan to follow you in August!!
  15. KKidd

    Transfusion reaction protocol

    The laboratory medical director has the final responsibility for these protocols. Your medical staff should review the policy and discuss it with him/her. We have emphasized that a fever can be the first indication of a hemolytic reactions and the transfusion must be discontinued and a workup performed.

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