Key messages

  • Health services need strategies to effectively manage the availability and safety of blood and blood products.
  • Blood Matters provides resources including individual audit reports to participating health services to allow benchmarking.

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 maintenance

Australian Red Cross Blood Service - Storage and handling of blood products

National Blood Authority - BloodNet 

Blood storage

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

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