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A Regional Transfusion Service Identification System (RTSIS) card must accompany pre-transfusion testing sent to the lab. The person collecting the specimens must fill out the RTSIS card.
The RTSIS card is filled out before beginning the patient identification process.
The person collecting the specimens must fill out the patient RHRN, full name, and date of birth.
Following proper steps for patient identification for pre-transfusion testing is critical.
All patients who are over the age of 16, and are able to, must spell their first and last names as well as state their date of birth. If the patient is able to do all of these things, the collector should check off the box:
If a patient is under the age of 16 or is unable to self-identify himself or herself, but a family member is available, the family member may spell the patient's first and last name and state the patient's date of birth. If a family member is identifying the patient, they must sign and print their name and relationship to the patient on the RTSIS card on the line:
If the patient or a family member is unable or unavailable to identify the patient, an RN other than the one collecting the sample must identify the patient and sign and print their job title on the RTSIS care on the line:
Once the specimens have been collected and labelled with the RTSIS number:
When identifying the patient, the patient name and RHRN must be compared with that on the permanent section of the RTSIS card. The patient identification must match the information on the RTSIS card.
There are no exceptions for re-labelling Transfusion Medicine specimens.
A recollection will be required:
* Type and screens performed on neonates, or done preoperatively in pre-admission, may have differing expiry dates.
When in doubt, call Transfusion Medicine.