Is anybody else having this issue in their hospital???
We use irradiated blood when we give transfusions to our babies (as do other areas of the hospital - like for chemo patients and other stuff...)
Homeland Security has decided that the equipment (or something) that the blood bank uses to irradiate the blood can be used to make a "dirty bomb"... something like that.
Therefore - all personal in the blood bank have to pass this rigorous background check. Several people in our blood bank (including the director) have not yet passed. I guess things like a speeding ticket can slow the process down.
Because of this (at night usually), there might not be somebody available in the blood bank to irradiate the blood for us. If it's a non-emergency, we are being asked to wait until somebody with clearance can get there. If it's an emergency, we are supposed to have to use "normal" O-neg blood (or something like that). But our MD has to OK it first.
I understand Homeland Security's concern about the irradiation equipment and all of that stuff... but come on!!!
Anybody else having problems with this in their neck of the woods???