Blood Transfusion- January 2013

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Administration of Blood Components


Listed below is the high level evidence on Blood Transfusion produced by NICE, SIGN and NHS based organisations. Also included are the European Society guidelines where available. This list is produced and maintained by HEFT Library Services to support VITAL 4 Medics core skills programme developed in the Trust.


Map of Medicine


National Guidelines & Non-UK Guidelines (includes Professional Bodies/Associations)


Guideline on the Administration of Blood Components

British Committee for Standards in Haematology 2009


Green, J & Pirie, L

A Framework to Support Nurses and Midwives Making the Clinical Decision and Providing the Written Instruction for Blood Component Transfusion

NHS Blood and Transplant, September 2009


Green, J & Pirie, L

Framework for the Development of an out of Acute Hospital Blood Transfusion Service

NHS Blood and Transplant; July 2007


Systematic Reviews – Cochrane Library


NHS Evidence


Nascimento F

Steps for a safety clinical transfusion

ISBT Science Series: July 2011; Vol 6(1) p 72-75


Blest, A., Roberts, M., Murdock, J., Watson, D., Brunskill, S. (2008)

How often should a red blood cell administration set be changed while a patient is being transfused? A commentary and review of the literature.

Transfusion Medicine, 18(2), 121-133


Watson, D., Murdock, J., Dorée, C., Murphy, M., Roberts, M., Blest, A., Brunskill, S

Blood transfusion administration – 1 or 2 person checks, which is the safest method?

Transfusion: 2008, 48(4), 783-789


Osby MA, Saxena S, Nelson J & Shulman I (2007)

Safe Handling and Administration of Blood Components: Review of Practical Concepts.

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: May 2007, Vol. 131, No. 5,

pp. 690-694


Benson K,

Home Is Where the Heart Is: Do Blood Transfusions Belong There Too?

Transfusion Medicine Reviews July 2006; Vol 20(3) p 218-229


Aranda, S

Life Blood – Nurses at the Front Line of Transfusion Practice

Transfusion Medicine, February 2005; Vol 15(1) 69-82


Furmedge J, Surya H, Darlington J, Savoia H & Monagle P

Audit of Nurses- Adherence to Pre-transfusion Checking

Transfusion Medicine, February 2005; Vol 15(1) 69-82


Goodnough LT, Shander A, Brecher ME

Transfusion medicine: looking to the future

Lancet, Vol 361 (9352) pp 161-169 (11 January 2003)


Craig GIO, Milligan P, Cairns J

Nurse practitioner support for transfusion in patients with haematological disorders in hospital and at home

Transfusion Medicine 1999, Vol 9(1) p 31-36