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Poorly venepunctured blood samples can dramatically affect the results of a test. Some of the more common errors are listed below:
If a transfusion reaction is suspected, stop the transfusion immediately. Follow the trust protocol (internal users only) and inform blood bank. All units which have been used (partially and fully) must be returned to the blood bank along with:
It is essential that blood and blood products are stored correctly to minimise any adverse incidents from occurring:
Avoidable wastage of blood and blood products will generate a 'Wastage Report' for the ward to complete and return to Blood Bank. This is monitored by the Hospital Transfusion Committee.
The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link: https://www.ukas.com/find-an-organisation/
Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.
For further test information, please visit the test database: http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.
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