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About Malcolm Needs

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  • Birthday 12/14/1954

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    Male
  • Interests
    Rugby Union, Cricket, cooking, wine, port, reading, crosswords, lecturing, more wine and more port!
  • Biography
    Pretty boring really, but not that pretty!
  • Location
    Croydon, Surrey, England
  • Occupation
    I have taken a brand new role in the NHSBT and am now involved very much more on the education and training side of red cell immunohaematology. My title is still Reference Service Manager, but with Training after it (Reference Service Manager - Training). I am very excited about this change, as I have a passion for training and education.
    Reference Service Manager with the NHSBT.
    Chartered Scientist.
    Member of the British Blood Transfusion Society, having twice served on their National Council.
    Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science. Member of their Special Advisory Panel for Transfusion Science and Chief Examiner for Transfusion Science for the Institute.
    Author of the chapter "Human erythrocyte antigens or blood groups" in Fundamentals of Biomedical Science, Transfusion and Transplantation Science, edited by Robin Knight, for the IBMS. 1st edition, Oxford University Press 2013 (ISBN 978-0-19-953328-2, pages 19-44.
    Just been appointed to the BCSH Blood Transfusion Task Force (writing Guidelines).
    Member of ISBT and AABB.
    I am now retired from the Blood Service, but still do the other things!
    Got bored with being retired, and so am doing locum work in Blood Transfusion at St. Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex (and thoroughly enjoying myself!).

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    Rh Pos or Rh Neg?

    I would have got her RHD gene sequenced earlier in her pregnancy, so that I would have a better idea as to whether she required anti-D immunoglobulin. If she turned out to be (potentially) a Partial D, or a Weak D other than Types 1, 2 or 3, I would give a double dose of the normal dose of anti-D. Anti-D immunoglobulin is still derived from humans, which means it is a "soup" of different anti-D specificities against the 36 odd epitopes, some of which would be expressed on the lady's red cells, and some of which would not. Therefore, some of the anti-D specificities would be adsorbed onto the lady's own red cells, but others would remain in her plasma, and would be "available" to react with the red cells of her foetus's red cells, and so would give her some protection against producing her own immune anti-D.
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    Rh Pos or Rh Neg?

    NO! I am a professional blood group sereologist!
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    Rh Pos or Rh Neg?

    Is it Denomme GA, Dake LR, Vilensky D, Ramyar L, Judd WJ. Rh discrepancies caused by variable reactivity of partial and weak D types with different serological techniques. Transfusion 2007; 48 (3): 473-478? I have to admit that I haven't read it yet (not least because I have forgotten my AABB password!).
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