When blood is available for a placenta praevia case, an antibody screen sample is required on Mondays and Thursdays.
All other major surgical procedures will be a ‘Group and Save’ unless discussed with Blood Transfusion staff beforehand on Ext 4400 or Bleep 2525 out of hours (Oxford Road), 0161 746 2479 or Bleep 060 (Trafford).
If a particular case requires more than the amount indicated on the schedule you must contact the laboratory personnel.
Remember to obtain positive patient identification when taking blood samples. Good documentation is essential. Include on request forms any special requirements eg. irradiated, previous tranfusion history, reason for request and when the blood is required.
NB. In the interests of patient safety, all unused units of blood in the Blood Satellite Fridges MUST be returned to the Transfusion Laboratory within 48 hours.