Do you take temperature of platelets when received from outside blood supplier?
Do you take temperature of platelets if they were issued for transfusion but then returned because order cancelled or IV problems or....?
What is your acceptable temperature ranges? Current AABB states "Storage 20-24C" and "Transport As close as possible to 20-24C". The "as close as possible" seems a bit ambiguous and confusing as to setting a policy that the techs can follow.
Thanks for your input.
At our blood bank we're reviewing our policy concerning RhD incompatible platelet tranfusion. I'd like to hear about what sort of policies you guys have at your blood bank/hospital.
- Do you administer RhD pos platelets to RhD neg patients? In what situations (always, only when there is a shortage of RhD neg platelets)? To which patient groups do you not recommend RhD incompatible platelets (women < 50 yrs, patients who receive frequent platelet transfusions)?
- Do you have a different policy for apheresis and whole blood derived platelets?
- Do you administer prophylactic Rh immunoglobulin to these patients (everyone, or selected patient groups)?
And now for something completely different...
- Do you have a policy concerning Kell positive donors and plateletpheresis? Do you defer these donors, or do you have a policy of not actively recruiting these donors for plateletpheresis?