It is important that all health services have systems to safely and efficiently receive, store, collect, transport and monitor wastage and traceability of blood and blood products.
Blood use and waste is recorded on the National Blood Authority’s BloodNet, which is currently available nationally.
The 2010 Blood storage and handling report contains an audit tool which may assist health services when developing a blood management and storage policy.
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
BloodSafe SA Inventory management register - Blood fridge
Australian Red Cross Blood Service - Storage and handling of blood
National Blood Authority -
Blood Component Information (BCI) Circular of Information - An extension of blood component labels
Austin Health - Accessing blood from the blood fridge clinical procedure - 2016
Eastern Health - 30 minute 4 hour rule, what does it mean? Information sheet - 2017
Eastern Health - Blood in motion, Esky for transport - 2014