Safe transfusion of blood and blood components
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Safe transfusion of blood and blood components

Alexandra Gray Nurse consultant, programme director, Better Blood Transfusion Programme, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Edinburgh
Kathleen Hearnshaw Transfusion liaison nurse, National Blood Service, Sheffield
Caroline Izatt Transfusion practitioner, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling
Marcia Kirwan Haemovigilance officer, Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Dublin
Shirley Murray Northern Ireland co-ordinator, Haemovigilance services, Belfast Area Trust
Karen Shreeve Transfusion practitioner, Welsh Blood Service/Swansea NHS Trust, Swansea

Nurses are integral to the blood transfusion process. This article, which forms part of Nursing Standard’s clinical skills series, outlines the role of the nurse in evidence-based transfusion practice. Patient assessment, preparation, pre-transfusion checks, documentation and adverse reactions are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 21, 51, 40-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.


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