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Malcolm Needs

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About Malcolm Needs

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  • Birthday 12/14/1954

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    Rugby Union, Cricket, cooking, wine, port, reading, crosswords, lecturing, more wine and more port!
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    Pretty boring really, but not that pretty!
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    Milverton, Somerset, England
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    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.
    Fellow 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!
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    Malcolm Needs CSci FIBMS FBBTS

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  1. True, but, as I said above, strong examples can, and do, react with enzyme-treated red cells.
  2. Be careful, because a very strong example of either anti-Ch or anti-Rg can, and will, react with enzyme-treated red cells, albeit that such examples are exceedingly rare.
  3. During the majority of my professional life, Blood Bank has read the Kleihauer tests. I have NEVER understood why this should be so. It was INCREDIBLY rare to come across a case that was not, to all intents and purposes, negative (or certainly required no more than the "typical vial", as you say). This meant that those working full time in Blood Bank were most UNLIKELY to be competent in accurately counting a minority of cells on a smear under the microscope. On the other hand, the Haematology Laboratory staff were used to looking at slides to accurately assess, for example, reticulocy
  4. I would be absolutely terrified, especially as a patient. Sadly, the figures you quote are quoted in the UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative: minimum standards for staff qualifications, training, competency and the use of information technology in hospital transfusion laboratories 2014, which are recognised by such people as UKAS and the MHRA. These standards are in the process of being rewritten (for a short time, I was the IBMS representative on the group, so I know this for a fact), and I am hoping, for the sake of everyone, that these figures are tightened up. In the meantim
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