Transfusion medicine
Standards for blood banks
Standards for blood banks - general

Author: Huy Phu Pham, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 2 November 2017, last major update November 2011

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pham, H.P. Standards for blood banks - general. website. Accessed November 17th, 2018.
Definition / general

Methods to independently verify accuracy of patient name whose blood is in tube:
  • Label all blood samples at time of collection with patient's first and last name, unique identification number and date of collection (CAP)
    • Use of bar codes or specially trained nursing staff may be helpful
    • Use at least two patient identifiers (neither being the room number) when taking blood samples
  • Compare ABO typing with historical values (computer systems for intraoperative ordering and delivering have low error rate (Am J Clin Pathol 2005;124:124)
  • For nongroup O patients that were previously untyped and likely to require transfusion, independently draw a second tube (Am J Clin Pathol 2006;126:422)
  • *Note: should have positive identification of transfusion recipients and blood components