One 6 ml pink top tube.
All patients drawn for possible blood product transfusion MUST be correctly identified and MUST BE WEARING an armband with their FULL NAME and MEDICAL RECORD NUMBER before the patient is drawn.
A (check mark) must be put by the Medical Record number on the tubes drawn for a Type and Screen by the person drawing the specimen indicating the phlebotomist has matched the medical record number on the Specimen with the medical record number on the Patient Armband and it is identical along with the name and other pertinent information.
Date, time, and initials of the individual collecting the specimen must be on the tube.
FOR OUTPATIENT AND PRE-SURGICAL PATIENTS:
All the above guidelines must be followed. The PATIENT is also to be informed to leave the armband on and if the armband is removed they will need to be redrawn and testing repeated. **Qualified staff may remove the armband and replace it with another armband after careful matching.
If a type and screen specimen is subsequently used for a crossmatch order, the crossmatch expiration is 3 days following the day the type and screen specimen was collected.