Group O RBCs are available for neonates. All neonates in NICU are to receive leukocyte-depleted blood products. Birth weight is required on the transfusion requisition. Platelet concentrates are released as individual units (5.5 x 1010 platelets each); mark requisition for 'Pediatric Platelets.' Once ABO, Rh, and antibody screening have been completed for the infant, they need not be repeated for the remainder of the neonatal period (0-4 months) pending that no unexpected antibodies are present. ABO and Rh typing and antibody screening must be done on readmissions.
Special Labeling Requirements: The content of each sample label must include the patient's full name and medical record number, the phlebotomist's initials, the date and time the sample was collected and, for non-LLT draws, the initials of a second medical professional who has confirmed that the sample came from the patient whose name is on the label; the computer label must have this same information plus an accession number and the tests ordered. NOTE: LLT phlebotomists should write 'LLT' for the second set of initials.