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  1. bldbnkr

    Thermco blood bank thermometer

    Jumping in to this old thread. I just looked at the Thermoco Temp a Check online and it recommends annual calibration - to send the item back there with a check or money order and they will recalibrate. Is anyone having these recalibrated externally every year? My old procedure for an older version of this item was to use the ice/water bag and NIST traceable glass thermometer and verify the temp. That was all fine and good except that the upper temp seems off. Thank you.
  2. Problem answered - Typenex gave me the info. The phlebotomists here live with their caps lock on due to the Meditech specimen numbers such as 0221:C15. When the Typenex number is scanned it the letters are lower case when the caps lock is on and upper case when the caps lock is off. Mystery solved. One more thing for the phlebs to have to do - take the caps lock off - scan in the Typenex number - put the caps lock back on.
  3. Hi, We use bar coded Typenex bracelets and have Meditech v 6.1. Our old Blood Bank bar code readers (Intermec) work fine. The new bar code readers that our phlebotomists are using, Code CR2600 Model CR2612_02 and a Symboltech reader both change the uppercase letters on the Typenex number to lower case. The nurses complain that the lower case L looks like the number 1 (rightly so). We have been told that if they reconfigure the barcode reader it will not be able to be used on regular Meditech labels. Has anyone else had this problem and been able to reconfigure the bar code reader? Thank you.
  4. bldbnkr

    Grifols & Erytra

    Hello again, That was my mistake in reading the literature...I was reading the specs for the DG Therm (incubator) and not the DG Spin centrifuge. Darn! It would have been nice.
  5. bldbnkr

    Grifols & Erytra

    Following this thread. Is anyone using the DG Manual Gel system by Grifols? I had the presentation, it looks like a good product, I like the idea of a combination tube spinner/gel card spinner.
  6. bldbnkr

    Second ABO/Rh sample

    Question everyone - has anyone been cited on this TRM.40820 if you do not put out a disclaimer with a first time/one time only ABO/Rh result on a Prenatal patient?
  7. bldbnkr

    Dispensing RHIG

    Now this question has been revised by CAP: TRM.40780 "There is a written procedure to identify all potential candidates for Rh Immune Globulin". I don't have much problem with the Postpartum ones - I have a good Cord Blood procedure and process in place to make sure that the Rh Neg moms of Rh Pos babies receive their doses. The place where it might slip through is the ED/OR if a miscarriage or ectopic came through and Blood Bank was not aware that it was a pregnancy. In the explanation it says "....the institution must ensure that all Rh-negative women receive the maximum protection against Rh immunization..." So it appears that this piece should fall on the providers - to determine Rh type when a patient comes in with a miscarriage or ectopic or other fetal bleed situation. I can't find any such policy in the hospital SOP's but perhaps I am not digging deep enough.
  8. Hello Meditech users, Does anyone extend the preop Type and Screen samples for longer than 72 hours (example 7 days, 14 days, 336 hours)? We used to do this with Softbank, no problem. Now that we have converted to Meditech, the background settings that require the ABORH and Antibody Screen to have been done in the past 72 hours for Electronic Crossmatch, are over riding the setting where we extend the expiration date of the sample. In other words, the sample is good for 2 weeks, but the Type and Screen is only good for 72 hours. This is a bit pointless because upon ordering up red cell product to be crossmatched, a new Type and Screen is reflexed on. Any suggestions?
  9. bldbnkr

    lab technician criminal check

    Update: We wrote a letter outlining our concerns. HR listened to us and it is now official - we do not have to register with the State of NH as Medical Technicians!
  10. bldbnkr

    lab technician criminal check

    Back story is there was a travelling OR tech at another hospital - he turned out to be a drug diverter and managed to infect a number of patients with Hep C. I volunteered to help the State of NH test exposed people for Hep C and spent a day in a local school cafeteria doing that testing along with my medical student daughter. Well, the legislature decided to somehow attempt to regulate these "Lab Technicians" and thus this kangaroo board of 3 people in the state who meet monthly and determine if people are worth of "Lab Tech" designation or not. 2 physicians (1 a gastroenterologist from the affected hospital) and a nurse. And they are going to determine if I, a medical technologist registered by ASCP is deemed worthy of being a "lab technician"? I think not! We are going to fight this.
  11. bldbnkr

    lab technician criminal check

    Yes, it says licensed - but "Licensed by the State of New Hampshire" and NH has no Laboratory Tech registry - so our MT(ASCP) registration is meaningless as far as this is concerned. Grrr.
  12. bldbnkr

    Blood Utilization Suyvey

    I have done one that is CDC/HHS with the following information at the prompting or request of my lab director: "Your contribution is vital to this national effort to estimate and project future needs of blood collection and blood utilization in the United States. For more information related to NBCUS, the findings of the 2015 survey were published in a June 2017 Transfusion supplement issue1. Jefferson Jones, MD MPH Medical Officer LCDR USPHS Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Centers for Disease "
  13. bldbnkr

    BB saline

    Hello - We went to the smaller containers years ago because the large ones were too heavy to comfortably lift and move. It is worth the extra cost to save a tech's back/neck/shoulders!
  14. Has anyone in New Hampshire received notification from your HR department that you must submit money to the State of New Hampshire "Board of Registration for Medical Technicians" including a criminal background check with fingerprinting? From the State website: "On August 1, 2017, the Board of Registration for Medical Technicians adopted a new Mtec 304.02 , relative to qualifications for initial licensure. Those with questions on the new rule should contact the Board. The mission of the Board of Registration for Medical Technicians is to assure that the services provided by our registrants protect healthcare consumer against harm which may be caused by unqualified or impaired practitioners. "Medical technician'' means a health care worker who is not licensed or registered by a New Hampshire regulatory board and who assists licensed health care professionals in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. For the purposes of this chapter, medical technicians shall be limited to health care workers with access to controlled substances and with access to or contact with patients in a health care facility or in a medical establishment. Notice If you have any questions regarding registration, call (603) 271-8389 not the phone number on the letter. Recently the Board of Registration for Medical Technicians sent packets to a wide range of individuals. If you receive one of these packets, it is to inform you that, if you or any of your employees, who are not licensed or certified by a State of New Hampshire entity and have access to controlled substances (if the substances are on premises), those individuals must register with this office. These packets are informational. " As clinical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, this seems very demeaning and offensive, but I was told by the woman at the State that if our employer deems it necessary that we do this, then we must. But we have no access to controlled substances. I think it is all in the semantics...that someone in HR does not know the difference between a Technician and a Technologist, but it appears that it will not be of any help to us in this case. Has anyone else experienced this?
  15. See link above - just type your text into the box on the first page and it should generate. Then I was right clicking and saving the barcode to a file that I could copy/paste and print.

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