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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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  1. I will be retiring on August 9 and wanted to tell everyone that the forum has been a great source of information (and amusement at times). I have spent time reading Malcolm's posts trying to imagine what he sounds like (just love a British accent). Thanks for keeping the forum a place where we can all learn from each other
  2. We have a grid at the top of the page. With it you know when the policy was originally adopted, the last revision and current revision. All obsolete procedures are kept for 10 years. This has been approved by TJC and AABB. Title: Department: Transfusion Service Manual: Manual Document # Adopted: Approvals: Signature/Date Revised: , Lab Med Dir: Supersedes: , Lab Adm Dir-Martinsville: Effective date , Transfusion Service Supervisor: Pages: Validated: User’s Name and Title: Author: file:
  3. I am retiring in August and my replacement is concerned because there is no one with her level of experience to be her back up as she has been mine. We have recently lost 1 tech that just completed her training as a generalist and another who was completing her clinicals and had given us her intention to work here. Before that, the last 3 hires were fresh out of school and did their clinical rotations with us. We have 2 other techs retiring by March with several others on their heels. No one waiting in the wings. Better pay and benefits can be found with in 1 to 2 hours of our location. For us, all techs work at least 2 departments (days). There is no easy answer - training takes time. It seems that thee training offered today is less comprehensive than what I received back in the dark ages.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The antigen types on our unit labels are not barcoded. CMV negative attribute is, but we cannot read the barcode with Meditech.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. This is what we are doing. An AABB assessor suggested we do the ice bath once a year. We are TJC inspected.
  12. 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.
  13. With the exception of emergencies, the patient must sign a consent form. We have a place to decline blood products.
  14. 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!!!!
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