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  1. They are worksheets upon which a conclusion is decided. According to New York State regs, worksheets only need to be kept for 1 year. I believe that TJC says 2 years for worksheets. Even if these are copies of reports, they only need to be kept for 7 years. Most blood bankers keep them "forever" for comparison reasons. If room is the issue, why not scan them and keep electronic copy?
  2. I went through this discussion several years ago with an oncologist and our pathologist. My question to both MD's, "What indicator do we use to report a suspected transfusion reaction, if not rise in temp? After much thinking and discussion, we all concluded that we had to work up the rise in temp as a suspected transfusion reaction. Good luck!
  3. Bill

    Architect i1000

    We have Ci4100 and love it! For low volume i1000 tests, it is nice to load reagent while running. Very little down time; sample volume in the 150ul area for most tests. Only issue is when you have more than 25 individual tests running at once--it really slows down at that point. Error messages are not alway the easiest to interpret without using onboard reference manual. Any specific questions, send me private message.
  4. The info you want is here: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/ReportaProblem/TransfusionDonationFatalities/ucm204763.htm.
  5. In addition to API, AAB (American Assoc of Bioanalysists) also has a program that is less expensive than CAP.
  6. Been there, done that! We had a patient that did exactly the same everrytime he came in for a transfusion (about every 3 weeks for >2 years). No matter what was said to him, he would go outside for a cigarette(s) as soon as 1 hour vitals were done. Usually, he would come back just in time for 2 hr vitals. Like you said, you can't tie them to the bed. On a more serious note--if you have this type patient, use a bed check to at least let you know he has left the bed.
  7. At least two labs that I worked in had evacuation plans--vertical, horizontal, and total. In the vertical and horizontal plans, we had built in to take blood refrigerator with us to specificed location and record temp when we got there--always within 5 min. Total ourside evacuation was to pack units in supplier boxes with ice, if time allowed.
  8. Case #2 is reportable because the CLS did not catch a hemolytic reaction prior to further transfusions--if the CLS had inquired into the history and knew of the transfusion days earlier, the need for elution would have been clearer. Also, we do not know if a full IAG crossmatch was performed due to lack of info. That would complicate matter even more. The only reason Case #1 might be reportable would be because of hospital "visit number" not matching--leaving a discrepency in demographics. Also, this would depend on hospital/blood bank policy about the "visit number."
  9. Acetest tablets are again available. We have received 3 different shipments within past four months.
  10. According to TJC, worksheets from which conclusions are drawn must be kept 2 years. Thes antigrams are considered worksheets and do not need to be kept--however, the last place I worked as a manager, we did exactly as you--scanned it for future reference. (Saved on hospital network with 3 level back-up).
  11. One hospital that I worked at with this problem merged the Transfusion Committee with the Medical Staff Utilaztion(sp) Review Committee. The blood bank and nursing people attended the beginning of meeting with the transfusion business and left so the medical staff finished all the other UR stuff. Not much time to talk procedures, supply, vendor, etc issues, but the MD's did get involved with unnecessary transfusions better. We later added a subcommittee for all the non-UR issues to better address those issues.
  12. We have tried that but the MD's state they have to do something and giving FFP won't hurt them. Shows how well MD paid attention in coag class.
  13. This is the way Ortho (Kodak) has advocated for 30+ years. There method does include the Delta Bili that liquid reagents do not include. The method works very well except when you transfer a neonate to regional NICU whose lab uses liquid reagent methods--the coorelation of neonates is not that good. Overall though, my experience with this method vs liquid is much better. The test CV for the slide method is excellent.
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