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Blood transfusion

10 May 2000

Nursing Standard


Blood transfusion is a potentially dangerous treatment in which adverse reactions are rare but can be fatal. This article introduces recently published national...

Guidelines for administering blood and blood components

08 December 1999

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme has revealed that many patients have received incorrect blood or blood component. This article reports new national...

Improving blood transfusion: a patient-centred approach

15 March 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

More than three million blood components are transfused every year in the UK, providing life-saving and life-enhancing treatment to thousands of patients (McClelland...

Central venous access devices

12 July 2000

Nursing Standard


Central venous access devices are used in hospital and in the long term for patients who receive therapy in the community. This article explores the history and...

Safe transfusion of blood and blood components

29 August 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

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...

Extending the role of a senior haematology or oncology nurse

06 October 2011

Cancer Nursing Practice


A collaborative project between NHS Blood and Transplant and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service identified no legal barriers to stop nurses authorising...

Understanding blood groups and transfusion in nursing practice

31 March 2010

Nursing Standard


A donation of whole blood can be processed into red cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate. This processing permits individual blood components to...

The use of blood products in paediatric oncology units in the UK

01 September 2006

Paediatric Nursing


Aim The clinical practice group of the Royal College of Nursing paediatric oncology nurses’ forum carried out an exploratory study to examine practice in...

‘My own blood back…’: A paediatric autologous blood donation programme

01 November 2002

Paediatric Nursing


In recent years, instrumentation and methods in spinal surgery have become more complex with the subsequent increase in the potential for blood loss. Although...

Ten years of transfusion practitioners and better blood transfusion in Scotland

27 February 2014

Nursing Management

Art & Science

After the Department of Health’s Better Blood Transfusion recommendations (DH 2002) ten years ago, a network of 18 transfusion practitioners supported by a central...