JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

4.9: Receiving blood in the clinical area

Before collecting blood components from the blood bank, the clinical staff should ensure the patient is wearing an identity band and has given consent for transfusion, the transfusion ‘prescription’ has been completed correctly, there is patent venous access and staff are available to start the transfusion promptly and monitor it properly. Only one unit should be collected at a time unless rapid transfusion of large quantities is required (e.g. major haemorrhage). The arrival of components in the clinical area should be documented and the transfusion started as soon as possible.