I am not a nurse but I work closely with nurses at a large hospital in a blood bank. I am a medical technologist. I had an issue a few weeks ago and I am looking for advice. We have a relativiely new tech (shes been here about 6 months). She is a good worker, friendly person and does an overall good job. She does not make many errors. She is fairly new to issueing blood products out to patients and sometimes we get completely slammed. She was filling an order for a person who was AB, plasma, who can only get AB plasma. She was in a rush and accidently grabbed type B plasma and tried issueing it to the patient. She was working on 3 different orders at once. Another patient she had was type B. She was trying to issue the type B plasma to the AB person. The computer flagged her and her and another technologist couldnt figure out why the computer was flagging them and they called me over and thats when I realized she was trying to give the wrong type. She flipped out when I pointed out the blood type in the header to her and realized why the computer was falgging her. Needles to say she felt horrible for doing what she did. It was caught very early and it would have not left the lab either way. I could have written her up for that, but after talking with her i realized we have all made mistakes. Its just a reminder how careful you have to be. That is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in blood bank aka give the wrong blood type. I spoke with her about it and she told me she thought she was working on the patient that was type B. I told her she needed to be really careful next time and only do one order at a time. I was just wondering what any one of you would have done? If I did write her up, it could cost her the job. But as of now, I have decided to let it slide. I dont think she will ever do that again and thank god for computer flagging, I have seen this error before.