Release Date: Jul 2018
CC: PC, PBL, ICS
Erika M. Reese, MLS(ASCP)SBB
Quality Assurance Specialist, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Garrett S. Booth, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Recognizing and communicating abnormal test values to the patient clinical team is essential in the management of patient care. A hemoglobin value of 6.5 g/dL from a patient sample would be recognized as critical and would be immediately reported. Are there similarly applicable values or results in transfusion medicine? Several accrediting agencies require reporting of critical values in their standards, yet exactly what values blood banks should report has not been clearly defined. This session will provide a review of the standards regarding communication of results, describe the blood bank results most frequently communicated as collected by a survey, and propose strategies for creating policies and procedures for effective communication of blood bank results and scenarios that can impact patient care.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe various regulatory agencies’ requirements for defining and reporting critical values.
- Summarize which blood bank results are most frequently communicated, either as a part of a critical values procedure or as part of another procedure.
- Evaluate ideas for implementing communication policies that improve patient care and resource management.
Who should attend? Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists and Technicians