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  1. I guess I better find one as we got rid of ours years ago.
  2. We have been working closely with our vendor and have been able to stay stocked up. We have stopped collecting extra blue tops but we haven't had to restrict testing yet.
  3. I joined this page 13 years ago but haven't really looked at it in at least 5 years. Through moves and promotions, I haven't been as involved in blood banking as I used to be. I was surprised to see my password worked (luckily I had it written down). I was happy to see many of the members from so long ago. I see we still need to grow the non-blood bank forums. I suggest this site to every medical laboratory scientist and student I know as it has helped me greatly in the past. I am glad to be back. Carrie
  4. Now that Lipoclear has been discontinued, I am struggling to find a suitable substitute for our lipemic specimens. We are trying Cleanascite but are not having much luck with it. What are other laboratories trying?
  5. This just made me feel better because i thought it was just our laboratory with these problems.
  6. My hospital helped develop an Massive Obstetrical Hemmorhage Protocol that has garnered recognition for our multidisciplinary team. This is an email that I sent out to my staff to help understand what is going on. There are risk levels and stage levels. A risk level is “how likely is the woman to have a hemorrhage”. Therefore, we draw and test initially based on a risk level. Low Risk = Band and Hold Medium Risk = Type and Screen High Risk = Type and Cross 2 units Stage levels coincide with “how is the patient doing” Stage 0 = Routine delivery Stage 1 = Increased bleeding but still watch and see Stage 2 = Increasing bleeding. Maternal Hemorrhage called. DIC panels every 30 minutes initiated. Products are NOT ordered at this stage. Stage 3 = Blood loss is >1500mL. DIC panels every 30 minutes. Need MOH Pack (3 RBC, 2 Plasma, 1 PLP, 1 cryo), additional packs as needed. Stage 4 = Modified post-partum care based on what stage 2 or 3 hemorrhage. Patients may go through the levels quickly but remember that the physicians are trying all options to stop the hemorrhaging. Therefore patients may never go to stage 3 but stop at stage 2. And not need any blood products. We have found over the last 3 years that they will typically transfuse everything but the cryo so we have changed the policy to not give the cryo until specifically requested (which is usually with fibrinogen <200)
  7. It was 2009 or 2010. We were using Immucor monoclonals.
  8. I worked in a lab where we discovered a weak subgroup of A using Immucor Anti-A,B to retype a unit, I believe it turned out to be an Ax. Typing with Anti-A and Anti-B yielded negative results. The Anti-A,B gave weak reactions but were defintiely visible. This unit was promptly returned to the blood supplier for retyping.
  9. We have our collection bottle stored in another container with a lid to help with the fumes.
  10. This is what I used at my last hospital. It's a very comprehensive plan. I left it filled in as the validation plan for Titer because it is much easier to understand it fully completed. Not sure when it was developed or by whom. Titer Uniform Procedure Validation.doc
  11. Has anybody actually accomplished this? Are there any 3rd party vendors that can do this? It isn't in the scope of our contract with Cerner but I am trying to push for funding sp that we have everything in one place and I don't have to worry about typos when entering data in manually to Millenium. Nor do I have to maintain 2 systems. Thanks Carrie
  12. Belle Bonfils is a good choice in Denver for an SBB. I believe they have a reference laboratory. I would think there would be quite a few hospitals to work in depending on how far you want to travel. denver is pretty spread out. I know the hospital I worked at in Colorado Springs had a lot of SBBs and most of the day shift were dedicted blood bankers. Evenings and nights had generalists. But much has changed there since I left in 2006.
  13. Thanks to both of you. I have been looking for elecronic versions to attach to my procedures.
  14. At my last hospital, we stocked enough Rhophylac to be the 1st dose in a patient with ITP. Pharmacy was expiring the IGG they used and we never expired Rhophylac. I miss Rhophylac. I suggested it here and was told "we tried that and the nurses hated it". May re-assess soon.
  15. Anyone who is qualifies under CLIA as a supervisor can do the competency for the BB supervisor.
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