RC-AID

 RC-Aid is only software system for identifying, reviewing and storing antibody identifications. 

​RC-Aid enables blood centers and transfusion services to easily identify red blood cell antibodies for testing. As a Web-based technology, RC-Aid is safer and more efficient than traditional computer programs and can be accessed from any computer with Internet capabilities.  

RC-Aid offers:

  • Paperless worksheets for review and storage
  • Off-site review of ePanels
  • At-a-glance rule-in and rule-out analysis
  • Patient query of previous testing across your healthcare system
  • Simple import of suppliers' antigen profiles
  • Choice of platforms, either Internet or departmental intranet
  • Full screen view of available cells
  • Easy cell elimination and selection, including special antigens and rare cell typings = Test fewer cells!


  Frozen Inventory Management 

  • Site-specific rare cell typing
  • Frozen cells and sera
  • Both testing comments and cell  comments 
  • Maintain stock levels with retired and out-of-stock statuses
  • Multiple reports to manage and document stock
  • On-site local backup of your inventory 

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Inventory

You simply push the import button to move lots into your inventory and you have full control, including use of outdated cells.  

  • All manufacturers are available and included with your subscription
  • Any extended antigens provided by the supplier are available
  • Lots are entered as they are being shipped and are usually available when you receive your reagents
  • All entries have been double validated

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Functions

Once your inventory is loaded, RC-Aid provides a powerful search capability by any combination of parameters allowing for easy selection of cells specific for your testing needs  After you have selected your cells you easily create an ePanel where you enter your test results and view the automatically generated

  • rule-in and rule-out color coded analysis
  • heterozygous and homozygous cross-outs
  • heterozygous and homozygous counts

The ePanel allows

  • unlimited comments
  • more cells to be added to complete rule-outs. 
  • auto-analysis on whichever phases you specify, so you can do a control cell
  • passing off to the next tech, even at another site in the same healthcare system (by copying and closing the first ePanel)
  • up to eight phases of test results and optional manual cross-outs
  • template creation, i.e., pre-selected test cells for common antibodies
  • auto-analysis to be turned off for all or selected phases


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Documentation

Once the med tech completes the ePanel, authorized reviewers can do multiple electronic reviews from any PC.  The ePanel with cross-outs and comments can be printed or saved electronically at any time.  (A pretesting worksheet can also be printed.)
A full suite of documentation accompanies your subscription:

  • User manual
  • Sample procedure
  • Validation plan
  • Fill-in-the-screen-shot validation (that cross references to the validation plan)
  • Training documentation form
  • Implementation checklist  

Each license includes all antigen profiles of all suppliers and unlimited access 

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Reagent QC

 The RC-Aid application has a reagent QC module.  Define your reagents and testing parameters.  Enter your reagent lots as they arrive. Document QC by selecting in-dated lots in use from a list, enter your reaction results, comments and save.  Testing outside of defined QC ranges flag and require a comment.  QC runs are available for review and archiving.   

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