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Blood Transfusion


Blood Transfusion is a professional course for individuals working within a hospital pathology environment. It aims to provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of the provision of a hospital transfusion service. The student will need to be able to access Trust/hospital transfusion related policies as well as members of the Hospital Transfusion Team.

Blood Transfusion Blood Transfusion Blood Transfusion The main aims of the course are to provide an understanding of:

  • The major blood group systems and their relevance
  • The role of the National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
  • Management of blood products and transfusion practice in an organisation
  • Staff training and competency issues
  • Standards, legislation, guidelines and governance issues


Indicative Content:

Intro to WebCT

  • Use and navigate the functions of myWebCT.
  • Explore the WebCT tools.

Blood Group Serology

  • Introduction
  • The structure and function of antigens and antibodies
  • ABO system
  • Other Clinically significant blood Group Systems
  • Manual Blood Grouping and Antibody Screening
  • Automated blood grouping methods

The Role of National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

  • Introduction
  • Blood Components
  • Specialised blood products
  • Principles and practice of donor screening
  • The role of the blood service as a reference centre
  • Tissue and cord banking
  • Research into new areas

Blood stocks management and conservation

  • Who needs transfusion and the potential risks of transfusion?
  • The Risks of Transfusion
  • Blood components: Their shelf lives and storage conditions
  • Blood component inventory management and the Maximum Blood Order Schedule
  • Blood Stocks Management scheme
  • Appropriate Use and Alternatives to Transfusion

Blood Transfusion Management  

  • Blood Transfusion Management
  • The Role of the National, Regional and Hospital Transfusion Committees
  • The Hospital Transfusion Team
  • The Transfusion Consultant, Transfusion Practitioner and Blood Bank / Transfusion Laboratory Manager
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Emergency Contingency and Major Incident Planning

Education Training and Competency

  • Why Education and Training in Blood Transfusion is essential
  • The Training Policy
  • The staff groups involved in delivery of Blood transfusion
  • Competency Assessment
  • Delivery of the Training
  • Recording of Training and Competency Assessment Records

Legislation, Standards and Guidelines

  • Legislation, Standards and Guidelines
  • The Blood Safety and Quality Regulations 2005
  • The Operational Impact Group (OIG)
  • Laboratory Standards
  • Inspections and Assessments
  • Circulars and Notifications

Haemovigilance and Clinical Governance

  • Haemovigilance
  • Reporting to SABRE
  • Reporting to SHOT
  • Clinical Governance
  • Clinical audit
  • Clinical audit in transfusion

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