BloodSafe has developed a set of resources to provide clinicians with information on recommended transfusion practices.
- Prescribing of blood and blood components
- Administration of blood and blood components
- Paediatric transfusion information kit
Consent is a process – not a piece of paper. Use a competent interpreter when the patient is not fluent in English.
Give written information and use diagrams where appropriate.
Explain to your patient:
- Cause/likelihood of bleeding/low blood count (including any uncertainty)
- Nature of the proposed transfusion therapy – what is involved?
- Benefits expected?
- Risks – common and rare but serious?
- Alternatives – including the risk of doing nothing?
Ask your patient:
- Is there anything else you would like to know?
- Is there anything you do not understand?
Refer to your hospital/health service policy for documentation requirements and when/if consent is required.
For more information about transfusion risks and obtaining consent process, see the:
- Quick reference guide to obtaining informed consent for transfusion (PDF 66KB)
- Pocket guide to consent for transfusion (PDF 46KB)
Quick reference guides on red cell transfusion for:
When patient's are transfused, a medical records sticker (PDF 104KB) needs to go into the patient's notes. These stickers prompt to help record the clinical indication for red cell transfusion.
- Flippin Blood - A bedside resource to assist with correct transfusion administration practice.
- ANZSBT guidelines for the administration of blood components - Australian and New Zealand guidelines for the administration of blood components.
New blood pack label (ISBT 128) educational and bedside check resources
From mid-November 2018 blood packs will have new labels according to the ISBT 128 standard. Educational resources to support the use of ISBT 128 labelled blood packs have been developed for SA Pathology and health providers using blood:
- Fast Facts About New Blood Pack Label (PDF 1MB) – for issue with blood packs and for general education about the new labelling standard
- Old vs New Blood Pack Label Comparison (PDF 2MB) – illustrates how to find and match donor numbers
- Quick Reference Guide (PDF 824KB) to Bedside check with New Pack Label – illustrated guide showing the bedside checking process with the new pack label
- Bedside Checklist with New Pack Label Fast Facts (PDF 370KB) – pre-transfusion bedside checklist also incorporating the ‘Fast Facts’ information about the new pack labels.
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) product administration guidelines
Administration guidelines for:
- Intragam 10% (PDF 212KB)
- Intragam P 6% (PDF 228KB)
- Flebogamma 5% (PDF 51KB)
- Flebogamma 10% (PDF 51KB)
- Gamunex 10% (PDF 95KB)
- Privigen 10% (PDF 51KB).
A Paediatric transfusion information kit has produced to help explain what will happen and why transfusions are needed for children. The kit is available on the Blood transfusions page, or for printed copies contact BloodSafe.
The paediatric transfusion information kit was produced collaboratively by:
- the Australian Red Cross Blood Service
- the New Zealand Blood Service
- the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion.
The kit was originally created by the National Health Service in the UK and has been adapted for Australia and New Zealand.