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John C. Staley

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About John C. Staley

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    Retired BloodBanker
  • Birthday 12/17/1953

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    Bird Dog training, hunting and fishing.
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    Evanston, WY
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    Retired Clinical Laboratory Scientist 35+ years with most of those supervising blood banks and transfusion services in 250+ bed level II trauma centers.

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  1. 5 Day Plasma

    I had hoped that the validation mania had subsided. It's good to see that there is still some common sense out there. I never did understand why so many of us felt the need to continually reinvent the square wheel when all the work on the round one had already been completed.
  2. Amazing how conservative they can be with transfusions when motivated.
  3. blood sampling after donation

    Cliff, you have achieved the impossible, you jogged my memory! I now seem to remember what you described was just being introduced when I got out of the donor side of the business. I do not remember ever bringing them in though.
  4. blood sampling after donation

    Cliff, I know I've been out of the donor side of the business a long time but, unless I'm mistaken, the moment you take the cover off the needle prior to inserting it into the donor it becomes an "open" system. Granted, there is no other way to accomplish this and most blood bag contamination comes from the skin plug that is made on insertion, rare as that is. When the needle is inserted into the tube the blood flows from the bag into the tube then the line is sealed. The odds of contamination occurring in this process is actually much less than the act of drawing the blood from the donor. Having said all this I imagine that some one has, in fact, come up with a better method of obtaining blood for infectious disease testing of the donor. Just trying to justify how we did it in the olden days.
  5. blood sampling after donation

    It's been a number of years since I was involved in the collection side of blood banking but what your picture shows is exactly what we would do. When the bag was full a hemostat would be placed on the collection line. The needle would be withdrawn from the donor and placed immediately into a tube as you have indicated. If I remember correctly we filled 2 tubes. Before the needle was removed from the last tube it the line was sealed. This was in the 1980s and 90s. Things have probably changed since then but that is how we did it and so did everyone else that I knew about.
  6. Pregnancy and phenotyping?

    The only thing that would give me pause in phenotyping in late pregnancy would be the mixed-field reactions mentioned by Malcolm which could be the result of a fetal / maternal bleed.

    Congratulations on your decision to retire. I highly recommend it.
  8. Transfusion reaction protocol

    My favorite transfusion reaction work up resulted in closing the blinds on the window to keep the sun from beating down on the patient resulting in a rise in temp. True story.
  9. Educating the Masses

    I don't expect them to educate but I would like them to at least get the science right!! That's what the supposedly hire consultants for.
  10. Antibody Panel QC

    Nope, never did any QC on panels. Could not see the sense in it. How could you possibly test for all the antigens!! As Malcolm says above, "You have to stop somewhere!" I chose not to start.
  11. Educating the Masses

    One of the reasons I refused to watch medical based shows on television many years ago and see no reason to change that view with newer technology. I continues to amaze me how limited knowledge and information results in experts.
  12. Return of issued products

    If you do a search on this site you will find a couple of good threads on this subject.
  13. Blood Bank Regulations

    My theory was always, know where you can find it, don't waste brain space and time memorizing stuff besides the AABB standards changed with alarming frequency. You will be painfully familiar with the stuff you need on a daily basis. Everything else you can look it up, just know where. When I would go over pre-inspection documentation I would indicate where I could find the answers. It was quicker and easier than trying to write the entire answer. Basically I'm pretty lazy.
  14. retirement

    I highly recommend retirement. It's good for the soul and anything that ails you. Welcome to the club.
  15. I've been a little out of touch.

    I've been pretty much off the grid for the past month and thought I would check in. We're driving around Alaska enjoying retirement. Hope all you folks are holding down the fort. I'm sure you are doing a great job.