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  1. For true traumas - 1 hour from receipt in laboratory. Cord bloods are batched and run at least once per shift except for night shift who are exempt from doing cords. I only require them to be done once on day shift and evening shift, but a lot of time they are performed 2 or 3 times depending on the number of specimens.
  2. We as a lab used to use the FreshLoc system, but found that it was too unreliable for our puposes. In fact I had a CAP surveyor ask me if I would rather remove it from her sight and only use thermometer temps or receive a deficiency because the temperature system "missed" temperatures.
  3. No we do not, unless the nurse absolutely demands that we do it. At that point we will use just regular biohazard bags.
  4. When I started here a few years back, we were repeating the ABSC along with performing the Fetal Screen. I have since with the blessing of our Medical Director done away with the second ABSC.
  5. Helmer 900h. Small with 5 shelves. As a matter fact, I have nearly converted all the old equipment to Helmer, they are too reliable not to.
  6. We keep our units sitting up for the obvious reason of space limitations, and all the other reasons quoted before. The other Scott
  7. We instituted the practice of retyping the patients if their histories could not be proven. To do so, we instituted the practice of performing the retypes on a different specimen collected at a different time within the previous 24 hrs or within 1 hr of the blood type verification in the LIS. The histories are checked on every patient in the blood bank, if they do not have a historical type, the phlebotomist is sent to the patient room to collect a new lavender top tube. It does not matter the type of the patient, if they have no history, they get retyped. This practice ties into CAP TRM.30575. We have actually "caught" incorrect collections by the RN's that collected the incorrect patient and labeled the specimen with the wrong patient information. This is our practice and we are sticking to it! The other Scott
  8. we rarely perform this procedure. I have been in my present position of about 15 years, and we have only performed the exchange 3 times. since we are a level 3 NICU, we are the ones that get these babies.
  9. I review units every day, looking them up in Meditech could not be easier
  10. The patient gets billed, even though we can make the case for unnecessary testing.
  11. We used to perform only those cords from O mothers, Rh negative mothers, and mothers with significant antibodies. The optimal phrase is used to. We had a neonatologist that pitched a fit and went to administration, and long story short we now do ALL cord bloods.
  12. MAGNUM

    saline probe

    You could just southern engineer a probe with a diluent pickup probe and some flexible tubing from your hematology department. In fact the some hematology analyzers have a diluent pickup that is exactly like that, they even have a metal band on the end to keep it at the bottom of the cube of diluent.
  13. New account number, new visit, new type and screen.
  14. I have had mine for about 6 or 7 years, and have always used deionized water. Plus I drain and refill monthly unless it needs to be done more often.
  15. Another vote to do a short and sweet validation, better safe than a deficiency later on an inspection.
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