11 December 2018 (Tuesday) - IBMS Newsletter

The IBMS newsletter came out today. I was immediately turned off by the request for nominations for “biomedical scientist of the year”. Any kind of award for the professional of the year is a bad idea in my opinion. By singling out one individual, everyone else is automatically put into second place when in fact everyone is actually doing the same thing.

There was a review of a webinar on quality control materials. I dislike webinars. In this day and age surely it would be better to put a video on-line and allow people to watch it at their leisure. I’d rather see the presentation for myself rather than read someonr else’s opinion of it.

There was mention of a new Facebook group for the IBMS. I’ve joined it in the hope it will provide more CPD…
At the risk of sounding cynical it can’t provide less than their monthly newsletters seem to…

9 December 2018 (Sunday) - Gunshot Wounds

Here’s an interesting discussion that appeared on a Facebook group I follow. Cases of gunshot wounds seem to use *far* more blood than other trauma cases.

6 December 2018 (Thursday) - BTLP-TACT Excercise

I did a BTLP – TACT exercise today. Again I approached it with a sense of expecting the worst…

I was presented with one sample: a female three years older than myself requesting blood group and two units of blood for tomorrow. No previous pregnancies or anti-D, and no known transfusion history.
I selected that both analyses were required.

The blood group was clearly O Pos; the antibody screen negative.

With diagnosis “haematemesis” I assumed the blood would be transfused. With age in mid-fifties, is this childbearing? Some authorities say it is. Some say not. To err on the side of caution I decided to give Kell-Negative blood. The oldest blood had two weeks before expiry so I used that. Long enough to re-stock if needed.

I got the green light.​