Inventory management

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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Quarantine

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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