Transfusion of Blood and Blood Components v8.1
To ensure that blood and blood components are transfused appropriately to patients; to ensure that patients where possible and staff are aware of the risks and benefits of blood component transfusion; to ensure that the reason for transfusion is recorded in the patients’ notes; to ensure that alternatives to blood component transfusion if any have been considered; to ensure some form of consent for transfusion is recorded.
Clinical GuidelinesThis guideline has been approved by the Trust's Clinical Guidelines Assessment Panel as an aid to the diagnosis and management of relevant patients and clinical circumstances. Not every patient or situation fits neatly into a standard guideline scenario and the guideline must be interpreted and applied in practice in the light of prevailing clinical circumstances, the diagnostic and treatment options available and the professional judgement, knowledge and expertise of relevant clinicians. It is advised that the rationale for any departure from relevant guidance should be documented in the patient's case notes.
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