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  1. TreeMoss

    Cold Agglutinin incubation phases

    I'm sure that would only be in cases where the patient was cooled down. I'm sure there have been times when a blood warmer was used in surgery just as it can be on the floors.
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    Cold Agglutinin incubation phases

    They usually are, so I'm sure that is the case in heart surgeries, as well.
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    Cold Agglutinin incubation phases

    The physicians would use cold cardioplegic solution -- 4 degrees - when putting the patient on bypass.
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    Cold Agglutinin incubation phases

    We simply used a beaker with water and ice and maintained the temperature during the 15 minute incubation period. This procedure was brought to us by a perfusionist who had been an MLS prior to becoming a perfusionist. She developed these procedures as part of a project when she was in perfusionist school.
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    Cold Agglutinin incubation phases

    We used to use that same procedure when we were doing open heart surgeries and the patient was on bypass. If our antibody screen was positive at 4 degrees, we would test at 10, 15, and 20 degrees - maybe even 30 degrees if the room temperature incubation was positive. Whatever the thermal range was, we would then do an antibody ID (who cares) and titer at that temperature. We would also include a test at 4 degrees using a 20% suspension of the patient cells to see if there was agglutination after 30 minutes. We in the blood bank were very happy when new surgeons were brought in who no longer wanted that testing -- working on beating hearts and doing mini valve replacements, etc. has helped us immensely.
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    RH TYPE ON CORD BLOOD SAMPLES

    We do the same. We also offer to do a blood type at no charge if the parent(s) want to bring the baby in to the lab in 6 months or so in order to get an accurate blood type.
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    Workflow for 2nd Blood Draws

    I have attached the screen shots of the set up of the Order Group and Test in Meditech. Type Reflex.docx
  8. We use MobiLab and do not have a separate Blood Bank wristband. We love MobiLab! We are able to use hematology specimens if they are labeled with a patient wristband label at the time of collection. Our specimens are collected by phlebs, ER folks, and L&D nurses. If the patient ID band is removed and not immediately replaced in a different location, we require a new specimen to be collected and tested. We also have Temporary ID bands (TID) from Biologics that we use in times of computer downtime.
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    Workflow for 2nd Blood Draws

    We actually have two history questions on the result screen. The original Type History question is the one that a "No" reflexes the re-type specimen. There is also a "Previous History Check" that was added when we went up on BCTA (Bar-code Transfusion Administration). The We have four possible answers for the previous history check question -- No history, Yes hemolytic reaction, Yes non-hemolytic reaction, and Yes no reaction. There is no reflex order from this question.
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    Antibody Titration

    We do perform in parallel if we have a previous specimen from the same pregnancy.
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    Workflow for 2nd Blood Draws

    We have a "History" (Y or N) question on our result screen. If there is no history, a patient retype (forward type only) reflex orders on a new requisition, so the specimen can be collected. You just need to set it up like any other reflex order. Our L&D nurses draw most of the specimens from their patients. They also draw the extra tube for our retypes, but we often wonder when the labels are printed just 1-2 minutes apart. Everyone we ask verifies that the specimens were collected at separate times. I see that we're not the only ones with that concern.
  12. We accept specimens drawn at the oncologists' office and labeled with Temporary ID band labels with the TID band placed on the patient's limb. Otherwise, all patient specimens are collected at our facility with the armband being placed on the patient at the time of specimen collection.
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    Antibody Titration

    We follow the AABB guideline and test only in tube method.
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    Return of used blood

    We also have empty blood bags returned to the blood bank. We keep them for 7 days following transfusion. We keep the bags in the morgue where there is room for storage. We decided this was the easiest way to keep what we needed in case of delayed reactions, especially since we don't have many of these called. We thought this was easier than having to pull segments off of the units and store. We have a special door below the Blood Bank window where the nurses or volunteer can drop of the units into a biohazard bag. We just fill up the bag, label with in and out dates, and take to the morgue. Pretty painless!
  15. They do this occasionally at our facility. The specimen(s) are labeled at the time of collection with a label made by scanning the infant's identification band. We also do not use cord blood specimens for crossmatching/transfusion purposes. This source is also often used for chromosome testing due to the larger volume that is needed. They will not use placental blood when twins are delivered.
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