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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Checking in healthcare safety: theoretical basis and practical application

January 28, 2011

Source: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance  Vol 28 Iss 8 p699-707

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A literature review to increase understanding of healthcare checking procedures.  Checking procedures are carried out many times during a patient’s stay in hospital. These procedures are both written (official guidance) and unwritten practices.  The author states that more thorough checking in specific errors e.g. bedside checking, could prevent adverse events.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Acknowledgement: MEDLINE