These resources may assist health services when developing governance and quality improvement systems to ensure safe and high quality care of patients’ own blood, and to ensure that blood product requirements are met. Resources provided include education and communication tools, audit and reporting tools as well as example policies and procedures shared by other health services.
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.
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Education and tools
Australian Red Cross transfusion fact
BloodSafe eLearning Australia
Blood Matters education presentations
- Blood donation and manufacturing
- Blood components, use, transport and storage
- National Standards
- Patient blood management
- Safe blood transfusion
- Transfusion reactions
Blood Matters safe sample taking education templates
ABCD blood sampling
ABCD blood sampling lanyard
Information summary pretransfusion
ABCD blood sampling PowerPoint
Templates and handbook
EN transfusion competency
EN transfusion competency
Template emergency blood management
Blood Matters Transfusion Resource Handbook 2018
Blood Matters audit results published with recommendations and discussion can be found here.
Blood Matters Hospital Blood Management Committee reports
Blood Matters Massive Transfusion Scenarios
Examples of policies and procedures
Practical guidance charts, checklists, forms are found on the prescribing and clinical use page.
St Vincent’s Hospital - Consent for administration of blood and blood products - 2017
Royal Children’s Hospital - Management of blood refusal procedure
Austin Health - Management of patient who refuses blood and blood products
Eastern Health - Neonatal/paediatric information sheet - 2014
Austin Health Interhospital transfer and blood transfusion 2011
Barwon Health Blood product dispatch - 2017
Blood management, quality performance indicators, quality and safety improvement, and quality surveillance.