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Introduction to Transfusion of Blood Components and Products Policy and Procedures. August 2014 Contributors: Transfusion of Blood Components and Products p olicy and procedure Toolkit Development team. . New AHS Policy.

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Introduction to transfusion of blood components and products policy and procedures

Introduction to Transfusion of Blood Components and Products Policy and Procedures

August 2014

Contributors: Transfusion of Blood Components and Products policy and procedure

Toolkit Development team.


New ahs policy

New AHS Policy

In the 4th quarter of 2014, AHS will release a new policy titled Transfusion of Blood Components and Products.


Why a new policy

Why a new policy?

  • Reinforcescurrent practice

  • Facilitates the safe transfusion of patients in AHS

  • Transfusion of a blood component is a “liquid transplant”, and does pose risk to patients.

  • A provincial standard will aid in meeting Provincial and National requirements for documented evidence of initial training and ongoing competency for personnel involved in Transfusion.


Development

Development

  • A collaborative working group consisting of transfusion medicine, clinical, policy and medical personnel was formed in Aug. 2013 to draft the policy and procedures.

  • Stakeholder consultation via targeted electronic survey was completed in March 2014.

  • Overwhelming support in favour of the policy and procedure was received.

  • A sub group was struck to develop the toolkit to aid in implementation of the policy and procedure.


  • Objectives of policy

    Objectives of Policy

    • Consistent experience for the patient

    • Improve patient safety

    • Standardization of processes

    • Appropriate and effective utilization of blood components and blood products

    • Clarity in roles & responsibility


    Procedures

    Procedures

    • 2 procedures have been developed to support the new policy:

      • Transfusion of Blood Components and Products – Adult Acute

      • Transfusion of Blood Components and Products – Pediatric/Neonate Acute


    Objectives of procedures

    Objectives of Procedures

    • Consistent, defined practices to ensure safe transfusion of all patients.

    • Ensure the right product is given to the right patient.

    • Provide protection for the blood component and products, a valuable and limited resource.

    • Monitor the transfusion process and provide a feedback mechanism that helps ensure the quality and safety of the blood supply.


    Ahs policy statement

    AHS Policy Statement

    Alberta Health Services is committed to promoting a safe, effective process for acute care patients requiring blood components and products.


    Policy elements

    Policy Elements

    • The policy elements standardize the following for blood components and products:

      • Informed written (signed) consent for transfusion

      • Transfusion competency

      • Collection of pre-transfusion specimens

      • Obtaining and verifying

      • Administration and monitoring

      • Adverse events/reactions

      • Documentation of transfusion

      • Patient notification


    Policy elements whose responsibility

    Policy Elements – Whose Responsibility?

    All AHS Health Care Practitioners who are involved in any aspect of transfusion medicine are responsible to:

    • Be aware of the policy and procedures, and read them.

    • Understand their individual roles and responsibilities as identified in the policy and procedures.

    • Complete the staff education modules.


    Toolkit resources

    Toolkit resources

    In addition to the Policy and Procedures, the resources suite includes:

    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    • Key Elements

    • Learning Module

    • PowerPoint presentation(s)

    • Patient education

    • Zone specific resources


    Where can i find the policy suite associated resources

    Where Can I find the Policy Suite/ Associated Resources

    • The Transfusion of Blood Components and Products Policy suite will be found on the Clinical Policy web page.

    • This Power Point presentation along with the rest of the toolkit to support this policy suite can be found through the policy web page or directly from this link: (insert link)

    • The staff education modules will be available on MyLearningLink, or through manual download.


    Questions

    Questions

    Contact: practice.consultation@albertahealthservices.ca


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