When a treatment plan is developed with patients and carers, information about the risks and benefits of blood and blood product transfusion as well as alternatives must be provided.
Written consumer information is available for patients about the blood transfusion process. These resources are available in multiple languages from various sources including Blood Matters and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
The Informed consent for blood transfusion template can be used in the format provided, or it can be adapted as required. Providers should seek independent legal and professional advice before using this document.
See the Office of Public Advocate for guidelines on Jehovah’s Witnesses and blood transfusions.
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.
Education and tools
Australian Red Cross Blood Service - mytransfusion.com.au website for patients
Consumer/patient information resources with input from patients
Royal Children's Hospital - Consent and patient information
Blood Matters - Core elements of informed consent for transfusion
Informed Consent for Blood Transfusion Template
Consent audit form 2012
Clinical Excellence Commission - ‘Your Guide to The Patient Based Care Challenge’
Eastern Health - Jehovah’s Witness information sheet 2011
Western Health - Refusal/consent to Blood, blood products and conservation
Royal Children's Hospital - Management of Blood Refusal
Examples of policies and procedures
Overarching PBM/transfusion-related guidelines, policies and procedures are found on clinical governance page.