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  1. We’d like some input from other pediatric hospitals (or those who transfuse pediatric and neonatal patients) on rbc indications as we further develop our patient blood management program: · What are your indications for rbc transfusions? (Hgb thresholds/other justifications for ordering practices) · Do you monitor those justifications, and if so, what is your compliance rate and goal? (i.e. % RBC txns below 8g/dL – usually at 60-70% with a goal of 80%) Thanks so much for your time!
  2. We were sighted by CAP for this and had to go back to manual temp alarms (placing all of the probes in the water bath rather than using the electrical check). It is also in the guidance in the online version of the AABB standards, standard 3.7.
  3. Yes, you should do at least a small parallel study using the old and the new. Your director will have to decide on how many would be acceptable and define acceptability criteria prior to implementation. I would summarize and have them sign-off before placing it into use.
  4. Pediatric hospital - we have been transfusing both PAS and pathogen-reduced platelets to our patients since April of this year, including neonates. We have only had one minor allergic reaction reported from PAS to date, and it was an older patient (teenager).
  5. The extra spin is not recommended by Ortho. We definitely see some lots/shipments that have more rejections than others. It was requested by Ortho that we contact technical support when this happens so it can be reported and they will replace those effected cards. We actually had a problem around a year or so ago that led to a lot of troubleshooting with the card manufacturers by Ortho. Reporting to them is really the only way to find out what the root cause is - problems during shipping or manufacturing could all play a role.
  6. The standard in 5.14 quoted above states that pre-transfusion requirement for any allogeneic component is an ABO group and Rh type. It does not state that this has to be done within 3 days or on the current admission. As we can see by the responses, some facilities are requiring confirmation on the current admission and others will go with historical ABO/Rh for a plasma/plt/cryo transfusion, and I can definitely see arguments for either side; bottom line is, this is not a regulatory requirement and must be defined by your facility. There is a standard that requires the pre-transfusion testi
  7. Agree - also, what blood type is the mother? From an operational stand-point you have a couple of options: Call the blood type "indeterminate" or "unable to determine" or call the baby AB. Either way, we would suggest repeat testing at 4-6 months and include A1 lectin typing if discrepancy still exists. In the meantime we would give group O red cells and AB plasma/platelets until resolved.
  8. We also use a communication log that others are referencing here. Each tech is required to read the communication log since the last shift they worked EVERY DAY as one of the first things they do as they enter the Transfusion Service. We have been doing it for years, and it has now become second-nature. Anything that has to be handed off must be recorded by the outgoing staff, and anything else to speak of (patient using frequent products or an OR or MTP that used a lot) is also helpful. We also instituted a huddle board (dry-erase board at the end of the room) and do a standing huddle aro
  9. You should be able to check with your blood supplier to see what codes they will be using. We use the Red Cross and have only built E8340, E8341, E8342, E8343, and E8344 thus far.
  10. We perform neonatal exchange transfusions on only one to two patients per year. We are a large free-standing pediatric facility in Ohio with about 525 beds (includes about 130 inpatient neonatal and 150 offsite neonatal beds). We provide reconstituted whole blood since we are already FDA registered (see related thread on RWB for exchange txns). A baby who needs an exchange who is at our offsite neonatal units at our partner adult hospitals should be transferred in-house on main campus for the exchange procedure. It is a manual push-pull process, usually performed by the NNP in the NICU. T
  11. We also used to do electronic checks quarterly, but now that there is specific guidance to standard 3.7, we have reverted back to the old water/ice alarm check. This is from the AABB portal on the guidance for standard 3.7 in the 31st edition - "An electronic alarm test that merely increases or decreases the electronic digital readout to determine if the audio alarm sounds, would not meet the intent of the Standards." The full checklist item and guidance are attached. AABB Standards 3.7 and guidance (31st edition April 2018).docx
  12. I don't have any good reference material for you, but I can say that we use adsol units for all of our MTPs, regardless of age/size. We do have different MTP packs based on the patient's weight ranging from 1 rbc: 1plasma :1 plt to 4 rbc : 2 plasma : 1 plt pheresis. We are a free-standing pediatric Level 1 trauma center with about 30 MTPs per year.
  13. Sounds like an amazing program - Congrats to your team!
  14. We use both pre-pooled cryo from our blood supplier and in-house pooled cryo. We are a pediatric hospital, so we may pool only one or two units depending on patient weight. We do not add saline to the pooling process, and there is very little cryo left in each bag. I am curious - what diagnosis or indication requires 36 units of cryo? I would like to learn a bit about that.
  15. 1. How many beds in your facility? About 450 with additional offsite NICUs, level 1 pediatric trauma center  2. What is your TAT? We only monitor T&S from the Emergency dept- 45 minutes or less (goal is 95% resulted within 45 min. We are usually 97-99% and perform around 120-150 samples from ED per month) 3. Is the TAT calculated from order to result or receipt to result? From receipt to result only  4. Who collects your specimens? RNs, phlebotomists, others? RNs or IV team 5. Do you have any automation in your Blood Bank? Yes- one Vision; it has not impacted
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