Promoting safer blood transfusion practice in hospital
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Promoting safer blood transfusion practice in hospital

Elaine Parris Transfusion liaison nurse, National Blood Service, Cambridge
John Grant-Casey Project manager, National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion, National Blood Service, Oxford

Results from a national comparative audit of bedside transfusion practice show that patients in the UK are at risk of misidentification and poor monitoring when undergoing a blood transfusion. A commonly identified reason for poor compliance with guidelines from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH et al 1999) is a lack of awareness of good transfusion practice (National Blood Service (NBS) 2005). This article discusses the implications of the audit findings for the administration of blood at the bedside and examines initiatives to support hospital staff in their efforts to improve blood transfusion safety.

Nursing Standard. 21, 41, 35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.


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