Need some guidance on validation of blood warmers. Recently our clinical engineering bought 24 new blood warmers, same model and brand of what we have already used and validated. We have just recently validated 6 of the 24 new ones with running blood through them and taking whole blood potassium levels at hourly intervals.
The question we cannot agree on is do we need to validate every single blood warmer or is the 6 that we have done a sufficient sampling to be able to make a blanket statement that the warmers are ok for patient use. Anyone have any evidence based answers to this? At this point I'll take just some good advice! Thanks in advance.
We have just received the OrthoWorkstation to replace our ID-MTS. What kind of validation did you use? How many positive and negatives for parallel testing? Just trying to get an idea before I get started. The manual has no recommendations as to how to validate. Also, what kind of thermometers are you using for it? I know we are going to have to get a new one to fit inside one of the gel cards.
Has anyone installed a new blood bank refrigerator recently? I know we need to do IQ, OQ, and PQ. Does anyone have plans that they have used successfully that you would be willing to share. Did you perform temperature mapping or have it performed by vendor or third party?
I’m looking to replace blood bank refrigerators, freezers and shock freezers. I’ve reviewed manufacturers and products via the internet, as well as, read past blogs. It appears that the leading manufacturers are Helmer, Follett and Thermo Scientific. Any information that you can provide on quality, reliability, service costs, total cost of ownership, temperature distribution, temperature recording and how long products will maintain the required temperature during a power outage would be helpful. I may take this opportunity to move away from chart recorder to an electronic monitoring system. Does anyone have any experience with them? Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.