Therapeutic Apheresis Services (TAS) are committed to supporting education within the field of apheresis. The function has therefore created a number of educational tools to support both our patients and donors, as well as our clinical colleagues.
It is the aim of the TAS function to continue to develop our educational material portfolio.
You can order our resources by emailing TherapeuticApheresisServices@nhsbt.nhs.uk
Anticoagulant E-learning module
This is a short for health professionals who perform apheresis procedures such as peripheral blood stem cell collection, plasma exchange, red cell exchange and donor apheresis. It contains learning exercises that cover the use of anticoagulants commonly used in apheresis; the rationale for their use, mode of action, recognition and management of side effects. You can register to access the e-learning for free.
Custom priming the Terumo Spectra Optia®
This short video shares the key points that you need to consider when performing a custom prime. It is a quick visual guide to support you in your clinical practice. It should be used in conjunction with your organisation's policies and procedures and the Terumo BCT operator manual.
Consent for transfusion
This short video covers the key points to consider when obtaining valid consent for the transfusion of blood components.
It should be used in conjunction with your organisation's policies and the BSCH standards for the administration of blood components
White cell depletion
This short video provides some key points to assist you in preparing and programming the Terumo Spectra Optia® to perfom a white cell depletion.
It should be used in conjunction with your organisation's policies and procedures and Terumo BCT operator manuals.
Patient information leaflets
Donor information leaflet
Presentations from the National Conference for Apheresis Practitioners 2017, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Paediatric considerations in Apheresis & a new collaboration - Nancy O'Brien & Ailish Barry
Venous access in Apheresis - Daniel Putensen
How we do a RBCX - Bridget Hughes
How we induct our Apheresis nurses - Christine Hood
TTP - The Treatment Pathway - Dr Marie Scully
SHOT - Adverse events in transfusion - Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs
Troubleshooting the Optia - Jennifer Armstrong
Indications for blood components - Sasha Wilson
Service / Clinical Audits
TAS completes regular and ad-hoc audits to ensure we are in-line with internal and external guidelines and to help continually improve our practice. A summary of audits can be found on Service reviews.
If you have any queries about the content of this page, or queries regarding educational material development, please contact the TAS National Administrator at TherapeuticApheresisServices@nhsbt.nhs.uk