What are some of the benefits of patient records when pretransfusion testing?
Past records are invaluable to a transfusion service. Some of the uses of records include:
Preventing transfusion of incompatible blood due to patient misidentification
- This is one of the major uses of past records as shown by another TraQ case (Case B6).
Preventing transfusion of incompatible blood due to weak antibodies
- Records can protect patients with a weak, undetectable antibody. (Even when an antibody is detectable, records can save the TS time in obtaining antigen-negative donor RBC.)
Identifying special transfusion requirements
- Records increase transfusion safety by providing access to information regarding special transfusion requirements, e.g., the need for CMV-negative or irradiated blood components.
Identifying previous testing problems
- Records reveal information about previous testing problems such as ABO and Rh typing discrepancies and associated investigation and resolution.
Tracking transfusion-associated transmissible diseases
- Patient records are essential to tracking transfusion-associated transmissible diseases by facilitating tracebacks and lookbacks.