New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) are updating their sample labelling for group & hold (transfusion) samples, as per below. Pathlab will also be moving to the same criteria effective Monday 7th November 2022 to ensure we can continue to refer samples to NZBS.
Please circulate this updated process to any staff who may collect samples.
New criteria – label it correctly or re-collect
From Monday, November 7, 2022, all blood sample labels must be handwritten and contain the following information:
Mislabelled blood samples cover the following scenarios:
A new sample will need to be collected for any error in sample and/or form labelling. Samples will no longer be able to be corrected.
Thank you for your support with this change.