10 May 2022 (Tuesday) - BTLP Exercise

Time for another BTLP-TACT exercise? I’m just about to go to bed before the night shift, so what else might I be doing? 

I was presented with one case -  a forty-nine year-old woman in the gynaecology clinic requiring group & save.
She grouped as O Rh(D) Positive with an antibody screen positive in cell 2. I ordered antibody panels. The IAT and enzyme panels were positive in cells 2 and 6 which corresponded with anti-K

I got the green light.

10 May 2022 (Tuesday) - NEQAS 2202 DM

The closing comments for digital morphology NEQAS 2202DM are out. I said:

“Hypochromic microcytic film showing acanthocytes with occasional pencil cells.
Blast cells and smear cells seen.”

 The narrative… wasn’t very helpful. This was supposedly a case of AML, but many of the diagnostic features appeared once, and they weren’t particularly good examples.

Bearing this in mind and the fact that it is over a month since I looked at the film… I’ve got to question the worth f this as a learning tool. I need feedback right there and then, not a month later when I can’t remember anything about it.


9 May 2022 (Monday) - Oxford Academic

The Oxford Academic people sent their Laboratory Medicine” e-magazine today. I don’t want to appear flippant, but I can only assume their laboratory is incredibly different to my one. Whilst it was all certainly very interesting, very little of it was of any practical relevance to what I do on a daily basis.

But there were one or two snippets. Cryoprecipitate reduced plasma? Is that a thing?