Typing And Screening My Own Blood!

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.

Type and screening my own blood

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transfusion-centrifuge

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. πŸ™‚

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