Development of an Independent Reader System That Parallels Significant Steps of Full Automation Capability for Immunohematology Testing


The recognition that elimination of manual interaction in the processing of immunohematology (IH) tests is well established as a substantial way to mitigate the potential for error and establish improved safety and security of test results. Using a fully automated instrument is the ideal solution to achieve the highest level of mitigation. However, fully automated instruments are not economically feasible in all circumstances, therefore, a solution that addresses as many of the critical control points in the process to meet the needs of facilities endeavoring to enhance transfusion safety is essential. A reasonable alternative that would satisfy this expectation addresses linkage of patient sample to reagents tested with reader reaction grading/ interpretation, all captured through system software. 

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