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A framework to support safe blood transfusion practice

04 August 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In response to reports of fragmentation in care, treatment delays and concern over the safety of patients receiving blood transfusion support, a collaborative...

Safe transfusion of blood components

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Administering the wrong blood component to the wrong patient can have serious clinical consequences, including death. Patients have a right to safe clinical practice...

How to undertake a blood component transfusion

30 July 2018

Nursing Standard


Rationale and key points Blood component transfusion, commonly referred to as ‘blood transfusion’, is a general term for the transfusion of red blood cells,...

Use of blood components in clinical practice

23 April 2019

Nursing Standard


Blood component transfusion is a procedure undertaken by nurses across a range of clinical specialties. An understanding of why blood components are used, and the...

How to safely collect and deliver blood components for transfusion

21 June 2021

Nursing Standard


Rationale and key points There are several steps in the transfusion process that aim to ensure the correct blood component is given to the correct patient at the...

Role of the nurse in patient blood management and treating anaemia

19 October 2021

Nursing Standard


Patient blood management has been defined as a patient-focused and evidence-based approach to optimising the management of patients during the transfusion of blood...

Biological basis of child health 10: function and formation of blood and common blood disorders in children

12 April 2021

Nursing Children and Young People


This article, the tenth in a series on the biological basis of child health, focuses on blood. Blood has a crucial role in the transport of substances such as...