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Publication Type: Safety Information
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 6/19/2018 12:00:00 AM
Country: Australia

This alert serves to raise awareness of the potential for error when issuing blood products to a patient of unknown blood group during an emergency. The alert identified that three incidents occurred over the past 20 months of ABO incompatible plasma transfusions during emergency treatment. The alert provides information to ensure the correct blood group is given in an emergency when the blood group is unknown: Patient ABO Group Unknown Red Cells Plasma Products Platelets First Choice O AB A or O Second Choice A (low titre anti-B) Note: Group A Plasma Products may be issued as the second choice due to stock restrictions. These should have a low titre anti-B identified on the label. Recommendations to prevent similar incidents are provided.



ABO Compatibility for Blood Products in an Emergency