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  1. I work in a San Antonio hospital and what was reported at AABB was the expectation. It is NOT the reality. First, all units supplied to the ambulances and helicopters come from our regional donor center. No hospital transfusion service provides the units nor are we responsible for the disposition of the same. All of this is monitored and tracked by the regional donor center and the EMS. What is supposed to happen is, when a patient has been transfused en route, the completed unit and EMS's transfusion form is supposed to be sent to the blood bank upon arrival. This almost never happens. The only way we know in the blood bank is when we get mixed field reactions on our blood type or by reading physician notes on the chart. I read the physician note of every emergency release. That is how I normally find them. The physician will dictate that the patient received blood in the ambulance. It takes days for me to track down the paperwork and the empty bag is long gone by then. We NEVER crossmatch them because we never receive them. All that said to say, your helicopter company needs to contract with whomever your blood supplier is to stock the units. That should not come from the transfusion services department of the local hospital. You might serve as a pass-through site, meaning the donor center uses you as a pick-up point but the units are never part of your inventory.
  2. O.R. has forever been, and forever will be the weakest link in transfusion services. As was previously stated, there are a lot of moving parts and many of those vital parts have no computer access since they are contracted workers. For instance, the perfusionists and anesthesiologist have no computer access since they are only here for the case. All orders are verbal orders. They are the ones starting and ending the transfusions. There is no computer in the suite, everything is done at the desk by the circulating nurse. We have fought for decades to change that process but have had no success. Everything is manual in O.R.
  3. Awesome site Malcolm. I was just reading the 1668 letter Acton, G. (1668) Physical reflections upon a letter written by J. Denis, professor of philosophy and mathematicks, to Monsieur de Montmor, counsellor to the French King, and Master of Requests concerning a new way of curing sundry diseases by transfusion of blood. London. Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/eebo/A26307.0001.001?rgn=main;view=fulltext. Wow! How far transfusion medicine has come. I am glad I was born in the 20th century instead of the 17th century.
  4. I agree with Malcolm. I haven't worked in a blood bank that routinely performs IS, or 37C readings in a long time. None of the instrument manufacturers antibody screens include them either. Your supervisor is helping you. You should thank her for saving you unnecessary work.
  5. We do about 6 NICU transfusions/year. We routinely keep a fresh, CMV=, IRRADIATED unit on hand which is replaced every week. That unit is for emergency transfusion only in the NICU. If the situation is not critical, we order a fresh unit for the baby with satellite bags attached. It takes our supplier about 90 minutes to get that unit to us. The majority of our babies can wait. If it is an emergency, then we give the best product we have. The neonatologist says "we can treat hyperkalemia but we can't treat death."
  6. We do not unless the patient has Anti-K. Darzalex is just a transient interfering substance. If there is no DTT neutralization required and no antibody detected, it is not necessary. Plus, I don't see how I can charge for the antigen typing in that scenario. I think that risks fraudulent billing.
  7. I agree with David. Pick-up slips information and blood orders are all electronic and maintained in the LIS or the donor centers order website. CAP requires 10 years for blood and inventory inspection records, which includes shipping documents, since they usually contain a message about shipping, storage, and inspection.
  8. BB.rick, I would have no problem retiring the card system in your case provided that you are regularly (daily) downloading a copy of the records to a secure, accessible file for downtime. Also, make sure all staff know how to access that data for prolonged downtime. There is no reason to have a card system with Meditech. BTW, my previous position was in a place where the manager refused to stop using the card system. It was mainly because they were not familiar with how to access the information during Meditech downtime. Even when shown how, they still refused. It is still in use today at that site. Some battles you can't win.
  9. In the USA, there is an extreme shortage of techs that are blood bank competent. The ones who are are working regular overtime to fill in the shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. They are normally working at least two jobs. The field is facing a crisis as these techs who are qualified are now retiring. We just lost two of our best this year and are struggling to keep the younger, promising techs in the field. I'm afraid you won't really have a choice soon. You will have to take what you can get tech-wise and train them as best you can.
  10. You cannot use E2121 for all of them. Each of those frozen products have a corresponding thawed 24hour and a thawed 5 day plasma code of their own. You have to use those. We go straight from frozen to 5 day thawed so we only use those two. Here is a screen shot of our database.
  11. CAP competency requirement is labor intensive, regardless of how you document. I have been trying to put more on their competency assessment tool they offer. Setting that up alone is labor intensive. It is the number 1 cited issue of most labs in America. It is not that we are not competent, of course. We have a hard time showing it the way CAP wants it. It really requires a full time QA position just to keep up with the competencies of all the staff in every department.
  12. We use the BCTA (Barcode Enabled Transfusion Administration) module in Meditech.
  13. We just switched to the MaxQ MTP coolers and love them! My validations showed it held temps for 24 hours, even when opening the lid every 15 minutes for the first 2 hours and hourly after that. Plus, we filled the cooler with warm FFP (4 units @37C) and cold RBC (4 units @4C). The cooler cooled down the FFP units to 6C within 3 hours. The RBC'S never went above 5C.
  14. We use 1-6 for coolers, however, the BT-10 only shows breach above 10 so, there's that. We place a NIST certified thermometer in the cooler to show that it is 6 or below upon return. We do not scan these units with the temp gun. It's 1-10 for anything returned not in a cooler.
  15. We use one from Fisher. It is certified and we replace it every 2 years when the certificate expires. I am curious, for those who have the 15 minute limit, did you validate that in all scenarios in your hospital?
  16. I believe he is asking about blood grouping. That is what the title of the message suggest, "Use of Negative Control in Blood Grouping." I'm so confused.
  17. I don't follow. Like you said, all the available automated platforms incorporate a monoclonal control in blood typing. Are you suggesting removing the monoclonal control from the blood grouping test on automated platforms?
  18. We use MEDITECH MAGIC 5.6.7. Long ago, we started entering our Immucor Cell Panel lots into the QC function, along with the individual donor cell reactions. Over the years, our database has grown to where, every month, we only have to enter 1 or 2 new donor cell, out of the 16 on the panel, into the database when entering the new months donor panel. When we have a Passive D, we enter the cell reactions from the panel in the antibody ID field, which stores the reactions indefinitely in MEDITECH. That allows us to not have to keep the antigrams for passive D's. Everything is in the computer and easily accessible. BTW, doing it like this allows MEDITECH to calculate the antibody ID probability. It's a nice feature if you have the time to build and maintain it. For all antibodies, we only keep the antigrams. Every other reaction is recorded and maintained indefinitely in MEDITECH and the ECHO backups.
  19. Though it's not FDA, this webinar was put out by CAP and may be helpful addressing issues of data security and ways of submitting. https://www.cap.org/calendar/virtual-cap-inspections-two-laboratories-shared-perspectives CAP Virtual Inspection Webinar
  20. What methodology are you using? Are you using tube reactions, Gel technology, or solid phase? If tube, what enhancement medium: PEG, LISS, Albumin? My vote is for an auto antibody, either cold or warm. I would doubt that these are antibodies against high frequency antigens showing up in the proportions you describe.
  21. Hopefully ARC will change their policy and allow you all to stock CCP. That was a life-saver for keeping up with the orders. We fill orders within minutes now instead of days.
  22. We do not use ARC. Our supplier is South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. They have done an excellent job recruiting donors and have an abundant supply of CCP. As for AB units, they have been able to keep up with the demand. Only once during this pandemic have we needed to give A to and AB. That is how we would handle the situation if necessary.
  23. When the FDA issued the EUA on August 23, 2020, we started stocking convalescent plasma in house from our supplier. We fill the orders once they come in. Before that, it was a pain. Are you able to make a stock order with ARC for, say, 5 O's, 5 A's, and 2 B's? Our supplier prefers it that way here in South Texas.
  24. I just finished listening to this webinar. Excellent Job @Malcolm Needs. Your south London accent was not at all distracting and your presentation of the material was sufficiently thorough and relevant. Hopefully I get to meet you face to face one day.
  25. The product under question was thawed FFP, not thawed CRYO.
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