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BloodSafe

The BloodSafe program is a blood transfusion safety and quality improvement collaborative between SA Health, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, SA public and private hospitals and their transfusion service providers.

BloodSafe is sponsored by the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing. Our mission is to coordinate a safety and quality framework for all steps of blood transfusion practice to improve patient outcomes and ensure sufficiency of blood supply.

See below for the following information:

Clinical information

  • Anaemia management - managing patients with anaemia and iron deficiency anaemia.
  • Blood product and fridge registers - blood fridge register/log book sheets for recording quality assurance and maintenance of blood fridges.
  • Blood utilisation studies - SA blood utilisation studies database which utilises linked hospital and pathology data. Enables analysis of aggregate blood product use across the South Australian public health sector for all fresh products.
  • Contacts - Contact details for BloodSafe clinical leads, transfusion nurses, BloodMove and SA Health.
  • Education and training - BloodSafe eLearning Australia online courses.
  • Guidelines and standards - Standard 7: Blood and Blood Products and the National Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Patient blood management - evidence-based medical and surgical practices for preventing anaemia and decreasing bleeding.
  • Transfusion practice - consent, prescribing and administration of blood and blood components, paediatric transfusion information kit and red cell usage resources.

Consumer information

  • Blood transfusions - consent for transfusion, immunoglobulin infusion and a paediatric information kit with resources for children and parents.
  • Iron disorders and iron therapy - iron deficiency and iron overload, as well as treatment options. Selected brochures available in 10 languages.

Contacts

BloodSafe clinical leads

Dr Kathryn Robinson, BloodSafe Medical Advisor
Telephone: (08) 8422 1278

Dr Bev Quested, BloodSafe Nursing Advisor
Telephone: (08) 8112 1372

Emily Bird, BloodSafe Administrative Assistant
Telephone: (08) 8112 1365
Fax: (08) 8112 1313
Email: bloodsafesa@redcrossblood.org.au

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Transfusion nurses

Karen Olson
Lyell McEwin & Modbury Hospital
Telephone: (08) 8182 9418

Barbara Parker
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Telephone: (08) 8133 4140

Russell Hunt
Flinders Medical Centre, Repatriation General Hospital & Noarlunga Hospital
Telephone: (08) 8204 4734

Trish Roberts
Transfusion Nurse Consultant - SA Private Hospital Contact
Telephone: (08) 8112 1305

Joanne Goodwin
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Telephone: (08) 8222 6584

Amanda Catherwood
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Telephone: (08) 8222 2975

Jodie Grech
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Telephone: (08) 8161 8387
 

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BloodMove

Louise Wadsworth, BloodMove Nurse, Country Health SA
Telephone: (08) 8553 4263

Rick Tocchetti, BloodMove Medical Scientist
Telephone: (08) 8204 1443

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SA Health

Susan Ireland, Manager, Blood, Organ and Tissue Programs Unit
Telephone: (08) 8463 6197
Email: HealthBloodOrganandTissuePrograms@sa.gov.au

Blood, Organ and Tissue Programs Unit
Address: Citi Centre Building, Level 8, 11 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide South Australia 5000
Postal: PO Box 287, Rundle Mall, SA 5000, Australia
Telephone: (08) 8463 6197
Fax: (08) 8463 5540

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BloodSafe eLearning Australia Program

Please visit the BloodSafe eLearning Australia Program website at for contact details.

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Blood Service Transfusion Nurses for IVIg and HLA platelet requests

Telephone: (08) 8422 1263
Email: TransfusionNurseSA@redcrossblood.org.au

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