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CAP / AABB  state that any records of transfusion problems, such as finding unexpected antibodies, should be retained indefinitely. Does this apply to patients who have a positive antibody screen only because they have recently received a confirmed prophylactic passive anti-D injection? Or do I only need to keep the antigrams of these patients for ten years? Or I don`t need to save them at all? Wondering what other facilities do with these patients?

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We use MEDITECH MAGIC 5.6.7. Long ago, we started entering our Immucor Cell Panel lots into the QC function, along with the individual donor cell reactions. Over the years, our database has grown to where, every month, we only have to enter 1 or 2 new donor cell, out of the 16 on the panel, into the database when entering the new months donor panel. When we have a Passive D, we enter the cell reactions from the panel in the antibody ID field, which stores the reactions indefinitely in MEDITECH. That allows us to not have to keep the antigrams for passive D's. Everything is in the computer and easily accessible. BTW, doing it like this allows MEDITECH to calculate the antibody ID probability. It's a nice feature if you have the time to build and maintain it.

For all antibodies, we only keep the antigrams. Every other reaction is recorded and maintained indefinitely in MEDITECH and the ECHO backups.

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In the UK, we keep these records indefinitely, as much as anything because the individual will have received something that is derived from human blood, and this may contain a de novo transfusion-transmitted viral infection, and so it is deemed that we need to know what batch and everything else about the injection (and the resulting antibody detected).

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On 2/16/2021 at 6:14 PM, Malcolm Needs said:

In the UK, it is 30 years.

This is because we can be sued for up to 30 years after a death, if the death is thought, for example, by surviving relatives, to be suspicious

Wasn't 30 years due to vCJD risk? as the incubation period can be 20 years+ hence records need to be kept this long at least for tracing potential donor and other recipients from same donor? 

With regards to record keeping, in my experience in the UK while we kept the administration record of the anti-D the same as we did for all blood components/products, 30 years. Once we were satisfied that the anti-D was not of immune origin we would remove the record from the antibody file otherwise we would not be able to use electronic issue for future crossmatches.  Our LIS was such though that it would stay in the audit log of the patients file indefinitely that it was added then removed.  

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9 hours ago, srichar3 said:

Wasn't 30 years due to vCJD risk? as the incubation period can be 20 years+ hence records need to be kept this long at least for tracing potential donor and other recipients from same donor? 

No, it was definitely due to the thirty year rule about the NHS being sued, as, when this was introduced (and explained in a booklet from the RCPath), the incubation period for vCJD was unknown, as the existence of the prion as an entity (if a prion can be called an entity) was "too new" (see the now rather ancient lecture on Prions that I submitted on here in around about 2006 - in the Library section).

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On 2/15/2021 at 12:20 PM, lalamb said:

Related question: How long do u keep the anagrams of deceased persons?

 

If it was used as part of an antibody workup, I think AABB says indefinitely. 

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