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Inventory management involves all of the activities associated with ordering, storing, handling and issuing of blood products.
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.
The NBSCP produced by the National Blood Authority provides a national process for managing critical shortages in the supply of blood product.
Hospitals and laboratories can implement a number of strategies to reduce wastage of blood 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.
The practice of identifying certain products for specific reasons, and ensuring these products are not transfused until the quarantine is removed.
In emergency situations, it’s important for individuals requesting a transfusion to clearly inform the laboratory staff of the urgency of transfusion.
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.