Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
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CME ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 140-144

Automation in Immunohematology


1 Transfusion Medicine, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Virology, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Meenu Bajpai
Transfusion Medicine, Institute of Liver & Biliary Sciences, Sector D-1, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6247.98914

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There have been rapid technological advances in blood banking in South Asian region over the past decade with an increasing emphasis on quality and safety of blood products. The conventional test tube technique has given way to newer techniques such as column agglutination technique, solid phase red cell adherence assay, and erythrocyte-magnetized technique. These new technologies are adaptable to automation and major manufacturers in this field have come up with semi and fully automated equipments for immunohematology tests in the blood bank. Automation improves the objectivity and reproducibility of tests. It reduces human errors in patient identification and transcription errors. Documentation and traceability of tests, reagents and processes and archiving of results is another major advantage of automation. Shifting from manual methods to automation is a major undertaking for any transfusion service to provide quality patient care with lesser turnaround time for their ever increasing workload. This article discusses the various issues involved in the process.


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