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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.
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