External Disaster Plan, Simplified

Principle:

Maintaining an adequate blood supply and expedited compatibility testing are critical in disaster planning.  Medinfo Hematos IIG allows us to get dynamic updates of our blood supply and dynamically reallocate blood components as needed.

Policy:

  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 a 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 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 the Blood Donor Center, the Head Nurse, Recruitment, Supervisor, Component Processing, and Supervisor, Marker Testing will contact staff.
    2. At hospital 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 marker testing is only at the discretion of the Division Head, Transfusion Medicine.
  7. Transfusion Services:
    1. Release blood component according to the various protocols as needed:
      1. Massive Transfusion Protocols
      2. Emergency release
      3. STAT
      4. Priority
      5. Routine
  8. Compatibility testing will be electronic, immediate-spin, or full AHG as per our protocols.

References:

  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