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This refers to the practice of identifying certain products for specific reasons, and ensuring these products are not transfused until the quarantine is removed.
There are two main areas where quarantine will occur: in the laboratory and at the Blood Service.
Reasons for laboratory-initiated quarantine
Certain units within inventory, or designated units that are delivered, are to be ‘quarantined’ or reserved for a specific patient
Reasons for Blood Service – initiated quarantine
A single donor recall, initiated when a donor reports an illness after the collection date, or when another patient who has received product from the same donor has had a reaction or infection
If the Blood Service instructs your laboratory to quarantine blood components, please follow the direction of the Quality Manager from the Blood Service, or their delegate, to ensure quarantined components are not transfused.