Inventory management

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National inventory template (NIT)

The NIT is used to collect and report Lifeblood and transfusion laboratories’ blood component inventory levels and to communicate availability of blood components to transfusion laboratories.

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National blood supply contingency plan (NBSCP)

The NBSCP produced by the National Blood Authority provides a national process for managing critical shortages in the supply of blood product.

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Monitoring wastage

Hospitals and laboratories can implement a number of strategies to reduce wastage of blood products.

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Non-conforming products

The issue of unscreened, partially screened or non-conforming product will only be warranted in circumstances where the potential harm of not being transfused is significantly outweighed by the potential risk.

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The practice of identifying certain products for specific reasons, and ensuring these products are not transfused until the quarantine is removed.

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Emergency provision of red cells

In emergency situations, it’s important for individuals requesting a transfusion to clearly inform the laboratory staff of the urgency of transfusion.

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Maximum surgical blood order schedules (MSBOS)

Routine use of ‘Group and screen' (wherever possible), a MSBOS and monitoring crossmatch-to-transfusion (C/T) ratios are all helpful in preventing unnecessary expiry of blood.

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