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Towards safer blood transfusion practice


Hodgkinson, B and Fitzgerald, MA and Borbasi, S and Walsh, K, Towards safer blood transfusion practice, Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice, 19, (1) pp. 63-69. ISSN 1320-5455 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1440-1762.1999.00296.x


The objective of this study was to determine the current state of transfusion practice at a large metropolitan hospital in South Australia, with a view to making recommendations to improve safety. Transfusion practice was monitored using a questionnaire and a concurrent audit design. Patients identified as having received a packed red blood cell transfusion in the previous 24 h, were selected by a random number generator. Questions included those about blood pack identification, documentation of the transfusion process, and patient observation. The results of this audit indicated that areas of documentation, primarily patient consent, blood pack administration times and patient monitoring required re-evaluation. Recommendations to improve practice were made based on these results. This is an ongoing service provided by the hospital, which has proven invaluable in identifying deficiencies in transfusion practice in order to improve patient care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:audit, hospital, transfusion process
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64185
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-07-05
Last Modified:2010-07-05

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