Patient awareness campaign
Please continue to promote the educational materials that support the patient awareness campaign lauched in October 2012.
The BCSH website now has an email guideline alert service to let you know when new guidelines are available. You can sign up to this service by completing this subscription form.
CMV negative components
The Advisory Committee on Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) has released a position statement on the provision of CMV tested blood components, which includes recommendations of use. NHSBT has requested feedback from all hospitals regarding planned changes to the use of CMV negative components. Feedback should be sent to NHSBT Commissioning, Filton.
Platelet educational resources
The following resources are now available on the Hospitals & Science website
updated factsheet for doctors and senior nurses: 'platelet transfusion - principles, risks, alternatives and best practice'
poster promoting the platelet transfusion mobile site
PowerPoint presentation: 'platelet transfusion - scope to improve practice
Fibrin sealants factsheet
The UK and Ireland Better Blood Transfusion Network has updated the 'Topical Surgical Sealants' factsheet (pdf 32KB)
Immunoglobulin demand management poster
The National Demand Management Programme for Immunoglobulin has prduced this demand management poster (pdf 156KB) For further information see the IVIG website.
Patient information leaflets
An updated version and translations of the NHSBT leaflet 'Blood groups and red cell antibodies in pregnancy' can be ordered via the Hospitals & Science website.
The Jehovah's Witnesses have revised their 'Care plan for surgery in Jehovah's Witnesses' leaflet. (pdf 1.87MB)
Learn cell salvage
An elearning module has been designed to increase awareness of a range of blood conservation techniques including intraoperative cell salvage (ICS) and post operative cell salvage (PCS). The module is aimed at those working in theatres including ODPs, theatre nurses, CSWs (theatre), clinical perfusionists, dedicated cell salvage operators, all grades of anaesthetists and surgeons. The module and supporting material are available on the learnbloodtransfusion website. For more information on elearning contact Louise Sherliker.
Consent for transfusion
A consent for transfusion action plan and supporting documents were launched at the SaBTO open meeting on 11 October. Details of the SaBTO consent recommendations and links to supporting documents are available in the BBT toolkit.
Indication codes for transfusion were revised by the NBTC in October 2011 and are available on the NBTC recommendations page.
We aim to make your local RTC site the first place you think of looking online for transfusion related information. It is divided into these five areas:
If you have material you would like published on the site please contact Jacky Nabb, the South Central RTC website representative. If you have ideas about other information you would like to see on the RTC site please contact Sheena Cameron, Website Development Manager.