Errors in the requesting, collection and administration of blood components (red cells, platelets and plasma components) lead to significant risks for patients. The purpose of this guideline is to provide national guidance on pre-transfusion blood sampling and the authorization (prescription), requesting, collection and administration of blood components to adults, children and neonates in order to provide a basis for the development of standardised local guidelines and practice, and focuses on 3 key principles of safe blood administration: - Patient identification - Documentation - Communication
Declaration of Interests
The BSH paid the expenses incurred during the writing of this guidance. None of the authors had conflicts of interest to declare. All authors have made a declaration of interests to the BSH and Task Force Chairs which may be viewed on request.