For Action

Please use the blood transfusion bedside checklist to support safe transfusion

This supports the final check at the bedside to confirm the patient is receiving the correct blood component which is a recommendation from the 2015 annual SHOT report.

The checklist is free from your PBM Practitioner but is in limited supply and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

In 2016 following a successful pilot, aide-memoire cards were produced by the Patient Blood Management Team and the London Transfusion Practitioner Team. The cards can be inserted into lanyards for easy access. 

An observational audit evaluated the impact of the checklist and we would like to thank Barnsley Hospital, Shrewsbury Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, University College Hospital London, Croydon University Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for their support and participation. Results showed the cards are ideal to support training, for new nurses and for use in areas with low transfusion rates.

The audit report is available from your PBM Practitioner.

Aman Dhesi, Development Manager - Patient Blood Management Team  


Register for SHOT symposium: keynote speaker, Phil Hammond on Patient Safety

Please complete the application form by 30 June. The subsidised delegate fee is £110.

We have a stimulating programme for the day including an interactive session for everyone to get involved and examples of best practice steps that you have taken to improve transfusion safety.  

Our keynote speaker, Phil Hammond, is an NHS doctor, campaigner, health writer, investigative journalist, broadcaster, speaker and comedian. He was also a lecturer in medical communication at the universities of Birmingham and Bristol.

A final reminder that the deadline for abstract submission is 28 April 2017, so we are very close to the last opportunity to submit your work. The best abstract will be allocated an oral slot.

Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise
AL5 2JQ 

Date: 12 July 2017 

Alison Watt, SHOT Operations Manager