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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!
  • 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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    Patient identifiers on BB samples

    Well, yes and no (I realise that is not helpful, so I will expand!). The patient's do wear arm bands that have both eye readable identification (full name, hospital number, date of birth, etc), but also a bar code that can be read by a scanner, with the same information (at least, if not more). The bar code can be used to produce sticky labels at the bedside that can be used to label sample tubes for blood bank - but no pre-printed sticky labels are allowed. The blood bank also can produce labels for the units of blood/blood components and blood products, and so these can be scanned at the bedside (against the arm band) before administration. This is the "yes" bit! Having said all that, the arm bands are not exclusive to blood bank; they can also be used to identify the patient for the administration of, for example, medication, to ensure correct patient identification. Therefore, the arm bands are not exclusive to the blood bank. This is the "no" bit!
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    Patient identifiers on BB samples

    Certainly, within the UK, there is a requirement for a full (and correctly spelled) forename and surname, a hospital number, a full date of birth (not age), the date of the sample and the signature of the person who has taken the blood. This must all be hand written, UNLESS the printed label is generated immediately at the time of the venipuncture (e.g. at the bedside). Pre-printed sticky labels are forbidden. It seems to work, in most cases. It is fairly fool proof, but NOTHING is idiot proof!
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