Blood type identification is a simple and common process, but the effects of getting it wrong can be devastating. Even a small amount of transfused blood of the wrong type can very quickly cause serious illness & even death.
The primary purpose of this experience, as outlined by the requirement of the NHS Blood & Transplant department, is to show how quickly blood agglutination can occur when different blood types are mixed. The aim is to build understanding around how important it is to select the right blood type for transfusions and what can quickly go wrong for the patient if you don’t.
To deliver on that purpose, by the end of this experience learners are able to:
Replicate the tile method for identifying blood types.
Deduce a blood type from Red Blood Cells (RBC) agglutination evidence.
List laboratory best practices: correctly setting up controls, demonstrating dexterity with fine motor skills, and being methodical in their approach.
Discuss the importance of selecting the right blood type for transfusions.
Explain the consequences of giving a patient the wrong blood type.
Learn without using vital blood supplies and/or generate additional hygiene and plastic waste (pastettes & pipettes).
The experience was nominated for AIXR VRAwards 2020 – Best Use of VR for Healthcare category