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

Cooler Validation: Comparison of “Manual” Thermometer vs. “Automated” Data Logger Methods

If you’ve ever considered switching to an automated cooler validation process, we thought it might be helpful to share what we’ve learned from blood bankers across the country. In this VUEPOINT we compare the traditional “manual” thermometer method to the “automated” data logger method – view the comparison chart in this VUEPOINT. 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

Tips for Better Blood Handling

Lessons you’ve taught us – and why they work!

Keeping blood cold can be a challenge. In this VUEPOINT we present a 4 EASY TIPS that can be readily incorporated into the day-to-day handling, receiving and dispensing of blood in your blood bank – and make a significant difference. Learn more in this VUEPOINT>> Continue reading

How can you monitor CORE blood bag temperature with adhesive temperature indicators?

With several indicators on the market, it’s increasingly confusing to know what to use – or who to trust. There’s been a lot of “buzz” lately about measuring core temperature of blood units during temporary storage and transport.  Do the … Continue reading

When should I use a probe for temperature validations?

At AABB, we had the opportunity to talk with many of you about the validation procedures in your blood banks. Hands down, the most frequently asked question was “when do I use temperature recorders with external temperature probes – and when should I use temperature recorders with built-in sensors?” Here are some guidelines for validations with and without probes…. Continue reading

How can you have confidence in blood temperature compliance during transport?

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This one-minute video illustrates how easily blood products can be out of temperature compliance during transport. Perhaps the blood was not packed properly, or the units were exposed to higher temperatures before being returned to safe temperatures. How do you know that it has been maintained at 10°C per AABB standards? Continue reading