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About Gkloc

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  1. We use the STAT Spin Express 4 here which allows us to centrifuge our specimens for 3 minutes.
  2. I installed the new software update for the Vision and it crashed the analyzers database. I was told this was a rare occurrence but I haven't tried to perform the update again. I have not seen any problems with mold growth in the diluent on the analyzer. We change ours every 24 hours.
  3. It's not a regulation yet. It is just a recommendation right now. The key word though is yet.
  4. We send out our pregnant patients for D molecular testing if they have a specimen sent out to a reference lab that ID's them as Rh Negative and then when they come here for their RhIG injection we test them as Rh Positive in Gel. So far everyone of them we have sent has come back as not being candidates for RhIG.
  5. If you are using the ALBAQ controls we use sample 4 and spin it down and remove the supernatant (or most of it) and add 4 or 5 drops of anti-D to it then re-centrifuge. This will give you a positive result for controls. I am currently in the process of validating the Vision and performing correlations, but this is what we use for QC on the ProVue.
  6. Genesis BPS also make a couple of different tube sealers. I currently have a benchtop and a portable model
  7. Does anyone who attended this webinar remember the name of it? I would like to check this out and I am hoping that it is/will be posted on the ARC Success site. Thanks
  8. I agree with Teristella, and thankfully I have no stories like this to share. Here is an AABB standard that you can use: 4.3 Incoming Receipt, Inspection, and Testing Incoming blood, blood components, tissue, derivatives, and critical materials shall be received, inspected and tested, as necessary, before acceptance or use.
  9. Gkloc


    If you visit the ASCP website it let's you know what the requirements are for taking the SBB without going through an SBB school. The last time I checked on it you only needed 5 years of Blood Bank experience, but it could have changed.
  10. We are not looking into this because I believe in order to extend the shelf life of platelets to 7 days you have to be a registered/licensed facility with the FDA. We transfer our short date platelets to our Trauma hospital who has a better chance of being able to use them before they expire.
  11. The lot to lot testing is in the All Common CAP checklist. I do not believe that it is part of the AABB standards.
  12. I never had any nurses complain/question us about milky plasma. We did however, have a nurse complain and refuse to transfuse a unit of blood because the color of the unit was a slightly darker red then the first unit they transfused the patient with.........
  13. As David said yes. The computer system we are using has an upgrade out that we will be upgrading to. There are companies out there that will perform the software validation for you, if you are lucky enough to have the budget for it.
  14. I printed it out and gave it to the Micro Supervisor. She is going to hang by their C. Diff PCR instrument.
  15. We currently do not use PEG here, we only use LISS. With the check cells as long as we centrifuge the tubes again after the last wash and decant the saline to get a dry cell button I haven't seen or had any of my techs mention to me about the check cells failing.
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