Key messages

  • Health service staff must have in place strategies to optimise and conserve patients’ own blood.
  • Health service staff must ensure documentation related to blood management is included in the healthcare record.
  • Resources include forms, information sheets, protocols and flowcharts.
  • Where transfusion is required, it is vital that a patient’s blood and blood product transfusion history is accurately recorded, including the indications for transfusion. 

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

Patient blood management

The Blood Book: Australian Blood Administration Handbook is a comprehensive resource to assist with safe bedside transfusion practice. BloodSafe SA 

BloodSafe eLearning Australia 

Australian Red Cross - Blood Service transfusion website

Australian Red Cross: Classification and incidence of adverse effects

Royal Children’s Hospital - Adverse effects of transfusion


Serious transfusion incident reporting (STIR)

Transfusion data collection tools

Blood Matters Massive Transfusion Scenarios

Examples of charts, checklists and forms relating to the administration of blood products and designed to promote improved transfusion documentation

Blood Matters - Two-person independent checking for safe transfusion poster

Overarching PBM/transfusion-related guidelines, policies and procedures are found on the clinical governance page.

Blood Matters and Macopharma – How to spike a blood bag (poster and swing tag) - 2017

Austin Health – A quick guide to Blood Administration form - 2016 (pdf)

Barwon Health - Blood product prescription form - 2015

Melbourne Health - Blood component prescription (includes consent) 2018

Western Health - Blood and blood product consent and prescription form - 2016

Royal Women's Hospital - cord blood collection for haematology examination

Examples of tools to identify and report adverse events

Eastern Health - Acute transfusion reaction flow chart - 2015

Eastern Health - Delayed transfusion reaction recognition chart - 2017

Melbourne Health - Transfusion related adverse event form - 2014

St Vincent's Health - Blood transfusion report - 2011

Western Health - Acute transfusion reaction flowchart - 2011

Western Health - Delayed adverse transfusion reaction flowchart - 2011

Western Health - Transfusion reaction investigation eform - 2015

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