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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. John C. Staley

    <4 hour transfusion time limit requirement

    I always used the time the unit was issued to start the clock with the assumption that it had been removed from the refrigerator only moments prior to being issued and that was the documented time. No where did we specifically document the time it was removed from the refrigerator. Our process was, remove the unit, issue it on the computer, place it in the pneumatic tube, push the send button.
  2. I think the more important question would be, how many facilities not doing this are seeing significant negative outcomes because they failed to detect those antibodies this technique would have potentially identified?
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    Pneumatic tube system

    If I remember correctly AABB has a book on the validation of pneumatic tube systems for the transport of blood products. It was very thorough and in MY opinion overly and unnecessarily complex. We validated ours before it was available by simply timing the transport and checking the temp on arrival. If I remember correctly we may have even let the units used settle out to see if there was any excessive hemolysis visible but I'm not sure on that since is was 16 years and 3 jobs ago. Since we were transporting to every nursing unit in the facility we were most concerned with those farthest from the blood bank. We were fortunate to be able to do this prior to moving into the new facility which made life much simpler.
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    Benchmarking and Lean Expectation

    About 10 years ago I was having a deep philosophical discussion with the best blood bank medical director I ever worked with. During that discussion I told her that I thought the decline of the American Healthcare started when physicians stopped being hospital administrators and they started hiring MBAs to run the "business". She completely agreed with me.
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    Benchmarking and Lean Expectation

    I found it amazing that one of the corporations I worked for loved hiring consultants and on any given subject they would hire one after another until they found one that would tell them what they wanted to hear. It just never made sense to me to spend that kind of money only to search until they found someone who would confirm their chosen course of action was a good idea no matter how many others told them it was a bad idea. One place actually fired me because I told them the CEO's idea was a bad one when a consultant was blowing the expectations all out of proportion. Five years later they are still trying how to figure out how to make it work and it never will.
  6. John C. Staley

    Blood Transportation to Floors

    Pneumatic tube delivery solved all of our transport problems.
  7. John C. Staley

    Daily QC Requirement

    That would be like back when everything was manual and we had multiple racks of reagents out being used by more than one tech. Every rack had to be QC'd.
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    Daily QC Requirement

    Not sure if it has changed but most daily QC was generally implied by the regulation statement of "day of use". Obviously we did most tests every day so it became daily. Other testing that was performed only on as as needed basis was QC'd on the day we did the testing. So, based on this I would say your manual screens only needed QC'd on the day you tested. This may have all changed but that's what I remember.
  9. John C. Staley

    Transfusion in surgery pediatric cardiac

    You may want to post this under Transfusion Service. I think more people will see it there. I'm afraid I won't be able to help you. We did not do pediatric cardiac surgery at either of the hospitals I was in. There was a large pediatric hospital nearby that took care of that. Prior to my retirement washing red cells had gone out of vogue and most places had gotten rid of their IBM 2991 cell washers but I've read recently that it might be coming back. It's a shame the surgeon would not try to educate by explaining himself but not surprising.
  10. John C. Staley

    Transfusion in surgery pediatric cardiac

    Is this request specific for a certain patient or by a specific physician? Is this a "universal" order for all pediatric cardiac surgeries?
  11. John C. Staley

    Return of used blood

    Our only difference was that we cut off 2 segments. We stopped getting bags back over 25 years ago. Hated the mess and getting them back served no real purpose.
  12. John C. Staley

    Gel and tube discrepancy in antibody screen

    Just to make sure I understand, this was done as comparison between 2 methods in use and you do this every 6 months. How many samples do you compare?
  13. John C. Staley

    Gel and tube discrepancy in antibody screen

    I'm just curious, why are you doing both tube and gel on the same patient/donor? Do you do it on every patient/donor or was this a special case for some reason?
  14. John C. Staley

    can we use hemolysis sample to prepare blood units ?

    Just as a side note, most of the hemolysis I saw was in tubes that were collected by a nurse when they started an IV. Not sure what the exact correlation was but that was the case more often than not.
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    Eluates on babies with positive DATs

    Just to clarify, at this point in the discussion I was referring to a positive DAT obviously (most likely) due to an ABO incompatibility between mom and baby.

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