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  1. Orange Regional Medical Center is searching for a Night Shift Supervisor and 2 Night Shift Techs (MLT or MT). Must be licensed in NYS. Great pay and benefits, including shift diff. Apply at www.ormc.org
  2. Siemens Coag Instruments Question

    We have the IL Tops 550s and LOVE THEM!
  3. Blood Bank staff

    Staffing in NYS labs right now is reaching catastrophic levels. Can't even find generalists.
  4. CAP TRM.31450 Comparability of Instrument/Method

    For the list of tests that I correlate (see above), we do 5 of each (at least one pos and one neg in the set of 5).
  5. IL HIT test

    We have the TOPS 550s and we plan to implement HIT testing next year.
  6. 4 hours to transfuse

    It's 4 hours from issue time from the Blood Bank.
  7. Dropping Blood Bank Bands

    We have had Epic for 6 years and dropped our BB band. Best thing we ever did. We require two draws, the second has to be OUR phlebs in the Lab using the MobileLab/Rover with barcode scanning. Our ED also has Rover, but can "cheat" by force printing multiple labels. So we never let them collect the 2nd. Until we get a second (we also use existing CBC tubes), we give type O.
  8. Beckman DxH

    Hello all. We are choosing between a Beckman DxH and a Sysmex XN. I would like comments from people who have recently (within 2 years) purchased either of these. Pros and cons. Specifically if you have the slide maker/stainer. Thanks.
  9. Microwave plamsa thawer

    This is what I'm hearing: Now the factory is very tied up with a FDA review. Ark Bio-Medical Canada Corp. reports that they are working with the FDA to resolve this issue. I think it is mostly involved with documentation. There have been no problems related to the methodology with the hundreds of units in place.
  10. Misidentification risk mitigation alternatives

    Agreed; getting a second type confirmation is not the big deal that clinicians think it is. We use CBC specimens drawn by our own phlebs using the hand-held device.
  11. Electronic Quality Control

    I've had inspectors (usually older ones) that are still not trusting of computers. Which I find very hard to believe in this day and age but...there are certain things I still print and keep just for them. I have fought citations and won, but sometimes you just want them to look at the stuff and keep moving. Much less drama.
  12. Moved Again

    Congrats on your retirement. I hope you are not retiring from posting here...we all really enjoy your input.
  13. ED Stat Lab

    Currently ED techs draw blood. 40% of the specimens they send have issues (clotted, short sample, barcode on wrong, etc). I am working with the ED to give them more education, training, etc. I really wish our Lab phlebotomists could cover the ED, we would not have these issues. Yes, there is a lot of blame going on right now, so I am proving to them that "garbage in, garbage out". Unfortunately this is political, my pathologists can't change their minds on this. They currently do fingerstick glucose. They want Creat/GFR, urine preg, PT/INR (NO WAY!!!), and Troponin (NO WAY!!!). We are going to start with the Creat/GFR and when it probably fails, we'll come up with a better solution. Like...let Lab do Lab.
  14. I only know of one lab that still does AHG crossmatches on every patient. Waste of time and resources. The resistance to change is always scary to me, after all, we're scientists.
  15. Post-Transfusion Lab Collection Times

    Just addresses hemoglobin, but here you go.Early changes in hemoglobin after RBC transfusion.pdf