Welcome to the South West RTC
NEWS October 2013
Arrivals and departures
Farewell to Mary White who has retired from the role of Transfusion Lead at Nuffield Cheltenham, and welcome to Aleta Lawley who has replaced her.
New TLM group chair
Maggi Webb has stood down from chairing the Filton and Plymouth Transfusion Laboratory Managers'/user group and the post has been taken up jointly by Joanne Goody and Colin Greig.
The South West RTC study day for laboratory staff 'Lab Matters' will be held on the 9th December. See calendar for details of programme, venue and time.
Transfusion evidence library
The online Transfusion Evidence Library was relaunched this month. It is a definitive resource of high quality evidence-based information on all aspects of transfusion medicine.
Poster at BBTS 2013
A poster on the South West RTC survey of platelet use which was taken to BBTS annual conference this October is available at the bottom of the educational presentations page.
Consent for transfusion form
The South West RTC's consent form for patients requiring ongoing transfusion can be downloaded from the educational resources page
NBTC indication codes
Bookmarks and posters showing the National Blood Transfusion Committee indication codes (updated April 2013) can be viewed on the NBTC responses and recommendations page. Contact your hospital transfusion practitioner or transfusion team to order copies of the bookmark.
South West blood and platelet issues
Component issues for 2012/13 in the south west region continue to compare favourably against the national picture: red cells issues dropped by 4.7% from 2011/12, nationally this decreased by just 2.9%; and in the SW platelet issues dropped by 7%, whilst nationally this increased by 1%. Thank you for your ongoing vigilance and good work in this endeavour.
Appropriate use resources
The ‘Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood Components’ section of the Hospitals & Science website has recently been updated and contains many useful resources.
The next South West RTC meeting will be on Tuesday 19th November.
South West Blood Conservation group
The regional blood conservation group now has a page on this website.
National Comparative Audit (NCA) - planned audit programme
|Audit ||Scheduled start ||Scheduled report |
|Medical Use of Red Cells ||In progress ||Parts 1 & 2 reported |
|Audit of the Labelling of Blood Samples for Transfusion||Complete||Complete|
|Audit of the Use of Anti-D||In progress||To be confirmed|
A retrospective audit of the use of blood in adult cardiac surgery conducted in cardiac centres has now been completed and reported on.
'QuickAudits' an automated clinical audit reporting system has been launched. Future National Comparative Audits will have an associated QuickAudit tool for follow up re-audit.
NCA newsletter (pdf 364KB)
RTC funding for educational meetings
Limited funds are available from the RTC budget to help staff with the costs of attending conferences, study days etc. General rules and guidance on funding for educational events are outlined in this information sheet (pdf 4KB).
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 areas:
If you have material you would like published on the site please contact Alister Jones or Jackie McMahon the South West RTC website representatives. If you have ideas about other information you would like to see on the RTC site please contact Sheena Cameron, Website Development Manager.