For Action

Alert from the Department of Health Central Alerting System (CAS). Safe transfusion practice: use a bedside checklist

NHS Blood and Transplant fully endorse the alert from the Chief Medical Officer.

The alert encourages NHS organisations to review their blood transfusion processes in response to the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) 2016 recommendation 'A checklist must be used at the patient’s side as a final administration check as a standard of care.’

The check is the final opportunity to prevent a patient receiving an incorrect blood component and will save lives if carried out correctly and in full.

Jayne Addison, PBM Practitioner