Does the “30-minute rule” still apply?

Making sense of storage, transport, time and temperature Recent conversations on PathLab Talk surrounding the 30-minute rule are drawing new attention from blood banks, whose interpretations of the AABB, FDA and CAP guidelines are ever-evolving. The title of a presentation … Continue reading

HELP not HYPE: Being truly useful to blood banks

Providing relevant, useful and helpful information for blood banks is a major goal of our website and VUEPOINT posts. In this VUEPOINT, we share links to the TOP FIVE pages and posts routinely visited by and relied upon by blood bankers from around the world. Use this quick guide to informational resources focused on helping you perform your job more easily and with better results. Continue reading

3 Things You Need to Know

About Blood Temperature Indicators Do you trust a product to protect your blood supplies that may “auto activate?” Would you be discarding expensive blood products because of an unreliable indicator? 1. Accuracy Matters Of the indicators on the market, one … Continue reading

IR Thermometers: Determining Blood Product Temperature on Return to Blood Bank

Learn as we explore common misconceptions about IR thermometers and surface temperature vs. core temperature, for determining blood product temperature on return to the blood bank. The following PathLabTalk post describes something we encounter repeatedly in blood banks – and illustrates several problematic misconceptions about determining blood product temperature on return to the blood bank. At the same time, this post demonstrates a reliable, good practice! Continue reading

The Results are in: Platelet Indicator Survey

Thank you to the 115 of you who participated in our October survey about platelet management and provided your feedback on a platelet temperature indicator. We’re excited to share what we learned….. and even more excited to tell you what we plan to do about it! Continue reading

Blood Banks: Get “Inspection-Ready” with these Tips and Resources

In this VUEPOINT, we guide you to two journal articles that are educational about the “who, when and why” of lab inspections, giving practical advice and resource links. Also, learn from an experienced Manager of Blood Bank Pathology and a CAP inspector about what you can do to be prepared and get the most out of your inspection. Continue reading

SURVEY: Temperature Indicators & Platelet Bacterial Contamination

Would a temperature indicator for platelets help your blood bank improve quality control, patient outcomes and discard rates? In this VUEPOINT survey, we’d like to learn more about your blood bank’s platelet inventory management – and to get your ideas on the possible value of a platelet temperature indicator. Read more and take the survey…… Continue reading

Blood Bank Refrigerator Setpoints Matter

Understanding the time pressures of busy blood banks, it would be fair to say that ANY time/temperature “advantages” – such as revisiting the refrigerator setpoint – might worth consideration. Learn more in this VUEPOINT from our tests on how long it takes for blood to warm to 6 degrees C from different storage temperatures. Continue reading

Are all temperature indicators created equal?

When it comes to cost and performance, how do you choose? by Jeffrey Gutkind In today’s cost-conscious healthcare environment, our immediate reaction when making a buying decision is to minimize purchase cost.   The temperature indicators currently on the market have … Continue reading

Reduce RBC and FFP Waste, Improve ROI

A recent article in the journal Transfusion references reducing red blood cell (RBC) and plasma (FFP) waste. The study showed significant reduction in RBC and FFP waste by using a new blood transport and storage system, and does seem to validate that there is a trend toward cooler storage in the OR being considered “intraoperative storage,” which is significant. Continue reading