Blood transfusion: patient identification and empowerment

March 23, 2016

Source: British Journal of Nursing 25/3

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Positive patient identification is pivotal to several steps of the transfusion process; it is integral to ensuring that the correct blood is given to the correct patient. If patient misidentification occurs, this has potentially fatal consequences for patients. Historically patient involvement in healthcare has focused on clinical decision making, where the patient, having been provided with medical information, is encouraged to become involved in the decisions related to their individualised treatment. This article explores the aspects of patient contribution to patient safety relating to positive patient identification in transfusion. When involving patients in their care, however, clinicians must recognise the diversity of patients and the capacity of the patient to be involved. It must not be assumed that all patients will be willing or indeed able to participate. Additionally, clinicians’ attitudes to patient involvement in patient safety can determine whether cultural change is successful.

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Transfusion and hemovigilance in pediatrics

February 26, 2014

Source:  Pediatric Clinics of North America 60/6 pp. 1527-1540

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Hemovigilance is an essential part of the transfusion process. It covers the whole transfusion chain. The UK surveillance scheme demonstrates how information on adverse incidents can be used to improve patient safety, influencing the management of donors and improved education and training for the many people involved in the transfusion process. The scheme has collected data for 16 years.

Length of Publication:  14 pages

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Ensuring patient safety blood transfusion

April 26, 2013

Source:  Nurs Times Vol/iss 109/4 pp. 22-3.

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Date of publication:  January-February 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This paper discusses the fact that blood transfusion is a common procedure, that it carries a degree of risk, and that avoidable mistakes can result in serious or fatal consequences. Adverse events are largely associated with human error so current knowledge and skills of the blood grouping system and compatibility, and the ability to identify, respond to and report reactions, are essential for patient safety. An online Nursing Times Learning unit on safe blood transfusion is being launched soon.

Length of Publication:  2 pages

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Putting patient safety back at the heart of the NHS

April 4, 2011

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: February 2011 

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: The Department of Health has increased the list of ‘Never Events’ from 8 to 25.  The list now includes severe scalding; severe harm/death due to misidentifying patients and severe harm/death due to transferring the wrong blood type.  The Never Events List for 2011/2012 can be viewed by clicking here.

Length of publication: 1 web page