Transfusion medicine
Standards for blood banks
Quality management and regulatory compliance

Topic Completed: 1 November 2011

Minor changes: 18 May 2020

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Huy Phu Pham, M.D., M.P.H.
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Cite this page: Pham HP Standards for blood banks - quality management and regulatory compliance. website. Accessed May 30th, 2020.
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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
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