Victoria's Blood Matters Program has developed consumer information resources with input from consumers/patients.
There are resources for adults and children receiving blood transfusions and Rh-D Immunoglobulin. Some of this information is available in languages other than English.
A caveat on information supplied
All information and policies that are included as examples are only current at the time the document/s were made available to Blood Matters. Individual health services should be contacted to ascertain the currency of the policies and practices. The tools are not endorsed by Blood Matters unless stated otherwise. Information sharing occurs on the understanding that due acknowledgement will be given to the original source. Seek permission from the original source before using or applying any policy, protocol or guidelines.
Visual transfusion pathway
Bendigo Health: What to expect before, during and after the transfusion
Where all or part of the Bendigo Health resources are adopted, the following acknowledgement should be used: 'Patient collateral developed by Bendigo Health.'
Resources in community languages
Frequently asked questions about blood transfusion (English, Dinka, Macedonian and Serbian)
Blood transfusion: Have all your questions been answered? (English, Dinka and Serbian)
Blood transfusion - NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (several community languages)
Blood transfusion - BloodSafe Information about having a blood transfusion fact sheet (available in different languages)
RhD immunoglobulin - You and Your Baby (Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese)
Children receiving blood - Blood Service information, parents' guide, comics and colouring blood for children.
Consumer information regarding immunoglobulin therapy
Blood Matters: SCIg Conversation Starter for Consumers
National Blood Authority – Frequently Asked Questions: Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin
National Blood Authority – Patient Information: Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin Treatment
Flebogamma 5%: Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet
Flebogamma 10%: Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet
Privigen: Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet
Evogam: Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet
Hizentra: Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet
Intragam 10: Consumer Medicine Information Leaflet
Australian Society of Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) – Immunodeficiencies: Patient and Consumer Information
Immunodeficiency Foundation of Australia (IDFA) – Immunoglobulin Therapy and Other Medical Therapies for Antibody Deficiency