Instructions for labelling the blood bottles in the RTA blood kits are incorrect – adding the large named label to the bottle covers the information already written on the bottle.
It was brought to the FSSC’s attention that the current instructions in the RTA blood kits were incorrect as they related to an older system for taking blood rather than the new vacutainer system.
It is essential that the time the blood sample is taken is recorded on the vial as sometimes only the time the sample was sealed in the tamper-evident bag is being recorded. The timings are useful when back calculations are required.
The instructions will be updated in the RTA kits.