Management of satellite blood fridges
Blood fridge management: Maggi Webb (10 slides, pdf363KB) presentation to support staff training.
Consent form for ongoing transfusion
Hospitals are welcome to adapt and use this consent form for patients requiring ongoing transfusion (Word doc 72KB) which was produced by the South West RTC.
Emergency simulation drill procedure
Debrief and procedure for running a live emergency simulation drill for post-partum haemorrhage (Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) (pdf 12KB)
Duties of a Trustwide Transfusion Lead
This list of transfusion related duties of a consultant haematologist with responsibility for transfusion (pdf 16KB) will be reviewed in July 2013.
BCSH guidelines for blood transfusion
The British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH) guidelines for blood transfusion underpin transfusion practice in the UK.
Safe transfusion practice for health care support workers
The following material has been developed for use in training sessions for non-qualified clinical staff. Presentations from similar study days can be found on the presentations page.
Sample study day programme (Word doc 80KB)
Lesson plan (pdf 16KB)
Grouping game (pdf 8KB) Grouping game answers (pdf 8KB) Grouping game presentation (pdf 268KB, 9 slides)
Transfusion chain game template (pdf 72KB) Transfusion chain game labels (pdf 4KB) Transfusion chain game presentation (pdf 16KB, 2 slides)
Clinical scenarios (pdf 208KB 6 slides)
Quiz (pdf 24KB) Quiz answers (pdf 24KB)
Key points (pdf 24KB)
Useful websites (pdf 28KB)
A patient's perspective
This is a genuine account of a patient’s experience of blood transfusion (pdf 12KB). Points for reflection have been added, so it can be used as an educational resource. The following links may aid reflection:
Handbook of Transfusion Medicine (4th edition)
National Blood Transfusion Committee indication codes for transfusion (Oct 2011)
Consent for blood transfusion
Patient information leaflets
Blood transfusion information for patients
SHOT (Serious Hazards of Transfusion).
In response to the fact that Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) is sometimes under-dosed in patients this FFP dosage poster (pdf 74KB) was developed by the NHSBT Better Blood Transfusion team to guide the appropriate use of FFP in adults.
Gap analysis tool
The UK Transfusion Laboratory Collective's recommended minimum standards for hospital transfusion gap analysis tool (Word doc 76KB) is available here. Further information can be found in Transfusion Medicine, 2009, 19, 156-158.
Free tips for trainers
The website http://www.eureka-tp.com/ offers a free subscription service providing fortnightly tips to improve your training sessions.
http://www.school-workshops.com/sandfields-games-608.html offers games than can be adapted for use in transfusion education. A transfusion practitioner in the region used the 'who wants to be a millionaire' and 'blockbusters' games with junior doctors to good effect.
NICE guidance on intra-operative cell salvage in obstetrics
Guidance on the procedure, indications, efficacy, and safety of intra-operative cell salvage in obstetrics issued by NICE in November 2005. NICE guidance (pdf 44KB)
Tips on improving attendance at Hospital Transfusion Committee (HTC) meetings
If your HTC is not as well attended as you would like it to be, try these tips to tackle the problem (pdf 16KB).
Guidance for the use of blood components bookmark (version 2)
The South West RTC bookmark summarises indication codes based on recommendations from the National Blood Transfusion Committee and was revised in January 2011. This is the text featured on the bookmark (pdf 916KB)
Guide to blood administration sets
This revised and updated guide to administration sets for blood components and blood products (pdf 52KB) was produced by the Transfusion Liaison Team.