External Disaster Plan


Maintaining an adequate blood supply and expedited compatibility testing are critical in disaster planning.  This plan is assuming that the Blood Donor Center is functional and can process donors and make components.

Medinfo Hematos IIG System is critical to monitoring inventory, preparing blood components expeditiously using Good Manufacturing Processes, and distributing blood components in a timely controlled manner.


  1. Determinate total available blood supply across all locations by using the Cumulative Stock Display program in Medinfo Hematos IIG.
    1. Recheck stock at least every hour during the disaster.
  2. At each transfusion service site, in conjunction with the Transfusion Medicine Consultant:
    1. Cancel reservations for elective surgical and non-emergency medical cases of affected ABO/D types.
    2. Retain reservations for antigen-matched, oncology, NICU, and high-risk obstetrical cases.
  3. Inform Manager for Donor Recruitment/Logistics to send SMS, radio, and television messages for blood donors—all types.
  4. Contact ALL staff and have them report to duty.
    1. At Blood Donor Center, the Head Nurse, Recruitment Manager, Supervisor, Component Processing, and Supervisor, Marker Testing will contact their respective staff.
    2. At various hospital blood bank transfusion services, the site supervisor will contact all staff.
  5. Process blood components using automated component technology (Reveos).
  6. Perform all donor marker testing including single-well NAT.
    1. Abbreviation of donor testing is only at the discretion of the Head, Transfusion Medicine.
  7. Send blood components using Inter-Depot Transfer function of Medinfo.
  8. Transfusion Services:
    1. Release blood component according to the various protocols as needed:
      1. Massive transfusion protocol
      2. Emergency release
      3. STAT
      4. Priority
      5. Routine
  9. Compatibility testing will be electronic, immediate-spin, or full AHG as per our protocols.


  1. Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, Current Edition, AABB, Bethesda, MD, USA
  2. Guidelines to the Preparation, Use, and Quality Assurance of Blood Components, European Committee (Partial Agreement) on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS), Current Edition

Revised 10/9/20