Blood Ordering Schedule, Obstetrics

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Abstract

Key Points:

  1. 84% of blood cross matched for obstetric patients is currently returned unused to Blood Bank
  2. Fully cross matched blood can be available for collection from Blood Bank in 45 minutes from receipt of request – as long as the laboratory have a valid sample (<72 hrs old)
  3. Group specific blood can be available for collection from Blood Bank in 20 minutes from receipt of request – as long as the laboratory have a valid sample (<72 hrs old)
  4. There are 3 units of O Negative blood in the labour ward fridge
  5. The GGC Major Haemorrhage protocol will cross match up to 6 units of packed red cells if requested – please specify requirements depending on clinical case
  6. Indication must ALWAYS be specified on request to provide laboratory with accurate clinical detail
  7. Blood loss should be estimated by weighing swabs, drapes etc.
  8. Odd numbers as well as even numbers can be requested and given
  9. It is rare for obstetric patients to require more than 2 units of blood , even with PPH
  10. Dereserving cross matched blood promptly when clinically appropriate reduces waste

NOTE: this guideline is hosted on the NHSGGC Obstetrics & Gynaecology Handbook website. Clicking on the link below will open the guideline in a new window.

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