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.