A UK Cell Salvage Action Group (UKCSAG) was established in 2006 to help support the wider implementation of ICS as an alternative to donor blood, and to facilitate a UK approach to its use. The Action Group reports to the Appropriate Use of Blood Group in England and the equivalent groups in the devolved countries. The group consists of UK leaders in Cell Salvage and will make recommendations considered to be best practice. The outputs of the group will be available to all ICS users through the Toolkit.
There is a need for co-ordination of the expert skills and knowledge to help drive the wider implementation of Intraoperative Cell Salvage (ICS) in the UK. The outputs from the UK Cell Salvage Action Group should help support the provision of integrated and effective services for patients. The following have been developed and are available for use by organisations across the UK.
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of Intraoperative Cell Salvage please contact a member of the group:
view the list on-line - or
download the list (pdf)
UKCSAG Intraoperative Cell Salvage Survey
In 2007, as part of the action groups workplan the need to conduct a baseline survey of activity was identified.
To download the 2007 report click here.
In 2010, a repeat survey was conducted. To allow comparison of data, the questionnaire was (where possible) based on the 2007 survey, with some additional questions included to gain feedback on the supporting materials that have been developed by the UKCSAG.
The aims of this repeat survey were:
- To identify if further progress with the use of ICS has been made
- To identify what challenges still remain to the implementation and provision of the ICS service
- To identify the success of the UKCSAG Toolkit
- To gain an overview of how training for ICS is being delivered and by whom
- To compare the specialities using ICS in 2010 compared to 2007
- To help focus future work priorities of the UKSCAG
To download the 2010 report click here
Audit of compliance with the UK ICS Policy
This form has been designed to assist organisations to review their compliance with the UK ICS policy. It is a tool to help identify areas of non compliance and to help establish what action plans should be put in place to address the non compliances.
Click here to download the audit form.
Cell Salvage and NHS Litigation Authority
The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) is a Special Health Authority, which administers the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) and thereby provide the NHS with a means of funding clinical negligence claims. The promotion of good risk management, governance and assurance are integral components of the NHSLA schemes. Organisations receive a discount on their scheme contributions where they can demonstrate compliance with the relevant NHSLA risk management standards.
Because the outputs from the UK CSAG help support the provision of integrated and effective services for patients, they can be used as a basis for meeting NHSLA standards at all levels.
This following document outlines how outputs from the UK CSAG can be used to help meet NHSLA standards.
To download the document click here.