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    In Vivo Hemolysis

    I even have that section bookmarked in our book. It can help explain a lot of reasons for a DAT to be positive.
  2. What is the ISBT code for thawed FP24? We just recently started getting it and I'm having trouble finding the thaw code. I know the frozen code is E2619. FOUND IT! Thanks, Mari
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    Cord Blood Testing

    So how long do you store the cord blood? How long are they good for refrigerated? Do you get cord bloods on all babies? We would like to quit performing ABO and DAT except for O moms and Rh neg moms, but have a sample as above in case the baby is jaundiced. Thanks!
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    Return of used blood

    Same with us. Then we have the bag if it needs to be cultured. Doesn't work for delayed reactions, but I would question the suitability of culturing a bag from several days ago.
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    Return of used blood

    We don't have bags returned to us. We take off 2 segments when we retype the units and save for a month, 1 week in each bag. It's easy to find by when it was retyped in the computer and there are only four small bags to check for the correct date.
  6. We have Meditech Magic and we can scan the barcode for CMV negative and it is accepted.
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    Negative Control for DAT

    David taught me this! We switched to gel for both IgG and complement DAT and use the buffered cards for complement and require QC with every patient test to verify that the anti-sera was actually added, using A2 cells and complement check cells.
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    AABB 5.15.4 (European input welcome)

    As Eagle Eye said, check into low titer A plasma. We use it for all our massive transfusions and emergency release, in the form of liquid plasma. They have quite a few studies done (including over 8 years at Mayo) with using A instead of AB. And of course stress patient blood bank specimens ASAP. We actually quit carrying O plasma since it was outdating and use A instead. But we have very few "real" MTPs.
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    Proficiency Testing

    We have a form to fill out and usually have the tech repeat the test and comment on anything that might have caused the problem. PROFICIENCY REVIEW.docx This is a copy of our form.
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    Antigen Negative Labels

    Do you have Meditech? I saw a place I could print a list putting in specific antigen typings, but it prints one page for each antigen and blood type. Kind of tedious.
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    Antigen Negative Labels

    I understand what you're saying. It has happened here as well. But we also document unit status (CMV, HGB S and antigen typing) in our LIS, so it would be caught when the unit was being crossmatched. Do you not do that at your facility?
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    Our nurses use TAR. They scan all four barcodes, so they also scan the product code. We try not to crossmatch units that have the same DIN to the same patient.
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    Antigen Negative Labels

    Brenda, why do you need the unit number on the label? You are attaching the label to the unit, correct? We have red antigen positive labels and green antigen negative labels. We also document in the blood bank module that the unit is P/N for an antigen. That way if there is a label that comes off the unit, we can still see that the unit has been tested and verify it in our antigen testing log. I have found that attaching the label to a little bit of the whole unit label helps it stick on better.
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    Training new employees

    Ditto what AmcCord and Tricore said. The medical director's name is on every result. If he/ she is unconcerned that is a very bad situation!
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    Training new employees

    That's an awful situation! I have had to retrain several techs who made mistakes. How long do you usually train them? I would document everything he does wrong. Does your procedure state that you have to put your results in immediately? Ours does, since that is what CAP requires. What's worse is that your higher ups aren't alarmed by your observations. If he is not following procedure, or changing his actions based on what you have communicated to him, I would not sign him off as being competent.
  16. We have Meditech Magic and I believe only "Super Techs" or supervisors can edit the BB specimen expiration. It's under Requisitions, LIS menu, and 29 "edit BBK specimen expiration. I don't do it often because we are a small hospital, but if the patient has been admitted for surgery and hasn't been transfused/pregnant in 3 months, and then needs blood, I will extend it for a couple of days. I have to admit I haven't tried it with EXM though. I'll have to try that.
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    We were getting ready to send our pipettes out for calibration again and found out the company doesn't do them in house anymore and couldn't get us a quote. What companies do you use for pipette calibration? I'm on the west coast, so would prefer something close. Thanks!
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    Crossmatch Billing

    We don't usually crossmatch before antigen typing, but we charge for every antigen typing, positive or negative. Use judgment-don't antigen type 10 units to find one K-negative unit. We also charge if there are multiple antibodies-3 antibodies, 2 units is 6 antigen typing charges (at least).
  19. Our computer system is validated to detect ABO incompatibility before we do any kind of crossmatch. If I pull out an A Pos PRBC for an O Pos patient and scan the unit, Meditech will tell me the unit is not ABO compatible whether I am performing an electronic crossmatch, immediate spin crossmatch, or an AHG crossmatch.
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    Ordering Emerg Blood

    We also allow phone orders for emergency release and get the paper signed afterwards. The only time we insist on a signature before issuing is if we know there is a problem with the patient, known antibody and no screened units, etc. We feel this is important enough to have the paper already signed so the doc can't say, Oh we didn't know there was a problem... That form is called the High Risk Transfusion form.
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  22. We are inspected by CAP. Everywhere else in the lab QC, surveys, competency etc. only need to be kept for two years, but it is 5 years for blood bank.
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    CAP TRM.40690

    Thanks! I wrote my EXM procedure so I listed criteria where the EXM is eligible (as well as a flowchart for tech use) and then listed all the computer system alerts that pop up if the criteria is not met.
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    CAP TRM.40690

    Can anyone share their written procedure for CAP TRM.40690? What records do you show for verification of correct data entry? This is our first inspection since starting computer crossmatches. Thanks!
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    Emergency Release Labeling

    Oh You!! ER did return some platelets on ice not too long ago, with the whole massive transfusion pack of 4 PRBCs, and 2 FFP! Obviously not needed!

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