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AuntiS

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    Sandra

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  1. Same - we report the number and a %
  2. In our lab, the required additional testing is built into our procedures - which is authorized by the pathologist. If we have weak D results or something like an auto-anti-D in an Rh pos person we can send it out without asking for approval. We scan the report we get back into our LIS. I'm in Canada - so the testing is done by Canadian Blood Services at no additional cost the the hospital. sandra
  3. Here in Canada, the CSA standard 10.10.5 states: CSA 10.10.5 A blood component that has been returned to the blood centre or transfusion service shall not be rereleased unless a) for red blood cells, there is at least one remaining sealed segment of integral donor tubing attached to the blood bag or available to the transfusing site. Previously removed segments may be used after confirming that the tubing identification numbers on both the removed segment(s) and the blood bag are identical; b) there is documentation to a. indicate it is being re-released; and b. confirm that it has been visually inspected before release; c) a suitable temperature-monitoring system indicates that the blood component has not reached an unacceptable temperature since being released or, in the absence of a temperature-monitoring system, that the blood component has not been outside of a controlled environment for more than 60 min (measured per occurrence, not cumulatively); and d) the blood bag closure is undisturbed. I know that isn't necessarily helpful for you currently, but this was new in the last revision. Perhaps changes coming soon to other countries? sandra
  4. Here, a temp >1 degree Celsius over baseline AND any other symptom gets an automatic culture. Plus I suppose we would honour any direct request for a culture (not that I've seen that happen).
  5. We do that. Patients who come in through our pre-op program are good for 28 days if they are not pregnant and have not been transfused in the past 3 months. There is a query that must be completed in our LIS to confirm the answers to those questions. Any other patient that is not seen via pre-op is 96 hours. Rationale: patients seen through pre-op have sat down with a nurse or physician prior to their surgery and given an accurate medical history. Translators or family members are present as required for language or any cognitive deficit (dementia etc.). Any other patient? - who knows what their status is. This works very well for us. Sandra
  6. If we know the patient's history and they are Rh Neg we might start off with a couple of Rh Neg O's. We switch them over pretty quickly if they are going to use more. Otherwise - they get O Pos. Took people in and outside of the lab a little while to get comfortable with this policy, but now no one blinks. sandra
  7. In Canada - CBS abandoned going the pooled cryo route since the trend is to move away from cryo and use fibrinogen concentrate instead. I'm actually in the process of doing just that at our hospital. We use a small amount (around 50mL) when pooling as per AABB. I can't imagine not using saline to get all the sticky bits out! Do you have a patient with a rare factor deficiency who is using all this cryo? Interesting! sandra
  8. Hi! We use a traceable thermometer with a probe placed in a gel card well, too. https://ca.vwr.com/store/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=4556196 We replace it when the certification expires. sandra
  9. We do not use them. We require two blood groups before transfusion (or given O). Positive patient identification (Mobilab) is used here at our hospital. We are lucky - PPI with majority of blood collected by MLA).
  10. Congratulations! Very well deserved!
  11. I haven't heard anything, but I'm just outside of Toronto. Interesting idea! I'll keep my ear to the ground
  12. I agree with NicolePCanada - I would have made a special effort to search you out and introduce myself Malcom Good conference overall. More research based than conferences I'm used to going to (I've been to CSTM and AABB in the past), but really interesting. However, I'm concerned that the rest of the world thinks Canadians eat cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner . sandra
  13. ISBT starts tomorrow in Toronto! For anyone attending, WELCOME TO CANADA!
  14. I do! sandraAntibody Art or Science Answers.pdf
  15. Same in Canada. 4 hours from when it leaves the lab.
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