While fourth year medical students around the country found out if they matched today, I spent the morning doing a type and screen on myself! The blood bank phlebotomist drew some blood, and I proceeded to run the centrifuge, gels, and add reagents under the direction of an expert technician.
To check for antibodies, we did an immediate spin phase, room temp phase, and anti-human-globulin phase which required incubation. This activity has given me a lot more insight about what a “simple” type and screen actually entails when done manually. Oh, and in case you were wondering, my blood is O+ and positive for C and e minor antigens. 🙂