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About QCDan

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  • Birthday 05/10/1977

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    MBA, MT, SBB and in my "spare time" I teach drums to high school kids.
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    Transfusion Medicine Compliance Officer

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  1. Hello, I was wondering if anyone has experience with the validation of an Amicus Apheresis instrument used for therapeutic phlebotomy. I will be writing a validation plan in the near future and wanted to get some input for the PQ portion. Thanks D
  2. Hello, I was wondering who uses Sunquest with EPIC (hospital EMR) with the BPAM (blood product administration module). Looking to get some insight for validation in blood bank, rough patches that were encountered, barriers that were overcome to go live. Thanks :-)
  3. QCDan

    Competency on Couriers

    ...attach a note to container that the blood product is in that reads that "This product must be delivered to the patient care area without delay" or something to that effect. In the end, everyone gets trained every time they pick up a product. This would account for all the techs and volunteers that come and get blood products depending on the facility where you work. Just a thought :-)
  4. QCDan

    CAP TRM.30450

    Just a question about that. How do you account for the variability? Since all of these cellular reagents (antibody screen cells, antibody ID panels) are human derived and each lot has different donors, how do you compare them?
  5. Hello one and all, I was wondering if any facilities out here are in the business of receiving and dispensing solid organs for transplant (ie, Kidney, etc.) with their transfusion service? Are there any CMS or CLIA issues that you are running into? Does the transplant program update your compliance department/person of the lab if CMS pushes out regulatory changes (since solid organs do not fall under the umbrella of our regulations)? How do you handle communication and potential problems with your transplant team? Thanks and I look forward to hearing back. D
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    Certainly possible. that is the route I took. Set aside a good 5-6 months of dedicated study time. Best of Luck.
  7. Happy Birthday!

  8. We started sending the floors Tan top EDTA tubes that only the blood bank stocks (so we know it is a second draw and not just a tube of blood the RN had in her pocket) along with a label that needs to be applied at bed side. is the standard that includes the statement about the 2nd current sample
  9. QCDan

    The 30 minute rule

    I would take the temperature of units returned and not go via a 30 minute rule unless you have performed a validation study confirming that units remain at 10C or less during that time period. STAY AWAY from the 30 minute myth.
  10. QCDan

    gamma cell irradiator

    We irradiate at 30Gy as a target dose. Your products should be ok
  11. QCDan

    Low Volume Blood filters

    Just wanted to ask...since Hospira is discontinuing the 20 micron filter, what is everyone else using out there for pre-filtering syringes for Neonates? I remember having syringe sets from BD that have an in-line filter (a long while ago), also remember them being pretty expensive. Seeking alternatives to what we currently use... Thanks
  12. QCDan

    PBS and ph testing

    We test the pH also for our instrument, I have the certificate of analysis for the pH paper but we do not do QC on the paper. if we would start to have results out of the norm I would perform testing on the pH paper as part of troubleshooting. I was trying to find out if there is a standard (AABB, CAP, or otherwise), that states that pH paper needs to be quality controled.
  13. QCDan

    PBS and ph testing

    and this is in reference to what standard ? help please.
  14. QCDan

    AABB CT standards

    Just a quick question. When looking at the CT standards from AABB there is either a C or F beside certain standards. Just wanted to know if someone could tell me what that stands for ? Thanks
  15. I'm just wondering how you address this in your SOP. Do you define what is storage and what is transport ? We give out Coolers to our Haemapheresis department for exchange transfusions and call it transport (since they take it from the lab, to their infusion area, take out the units and start transfusing). We qualify our coolers for 8 hours to maintain a temperature 6C or less, and ask for them to be returned within 7 hours. If we send a cooler to a patient floor/cath lab or the OR/ER we call it storage (since they are storing products at the bedside until they are used). We do not check the temperature if the cooler is returned within the 8 hour time frame.

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