Enhanced Procedures for Safe Blood Products Transfusions

Transfusion Services successfully implemented the ABO and Rh Confirmation process systemwide, putting patient safety first. This is an automated process, and there are no significant changes to your workflow.


  • Do not remove the ABO and Rh Confirmation order, change the phase of care or release it – this can delay blood products. 
  • When you order a Type and Screen or blood products, Epic automatically orders an ABO and Rh Confirmation as Signed and Held.
  • If required, the lab will release the ABO and Rh Confirmation order and contact nurses when a specimen is needed.
  • Be sure to proactively review your patients’ histories and order blood type and screens when needed.

To find out more, review the tip sheet or contact your hospital’s blood bank.

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