Alexandra Gray

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Although acute non-haemolytic febrile or allergic reactions (ATRs) are a common complication of transfusion and often result in little or no morbidity, prompt recognition and management are essential. The serious hazards of transfusion haemovigilance organisation (SHOT) receives 30-40 reports of anaphylactic reactions each year. Other serious complications(More)
The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme is a UK-wide, independent, professionally led hemovigilance system focused on learning from adverse events. SHOT was established in 1996 as a confidential reporting system for significant transfusion-related events, building an evidence base to support blood safety policy decisions, clinical guidelines,(More)
Despite an array of initiatives designed to support the delivery of safe and appropriate transfusion practice, incidences of patients receiving the wrong blood continue to be reported. Nurses play a key role in delivering safe and appropriate transfusion care and have a responsibility to support national initiatives, such as the NHS Better Blood Transfusion(More)
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion service have developed an educational programme aimed at ensuring a high standard of care for blood transfusions to minimise risk to patients and healthcare practitioners. This paper investigates whether knowledge and understanding of, and attitudes towards, safe practice declined over time following completion of(More)
More than three million blood components are transfused every year in the UK, providing life-saving and life-enhancing treatment to thousands of patients (McClelland 2001). However, transfusion error, resulting in the patient receiving the incorrect blood component, remains the largest risk related to transfusion in the UK. By developing accessible blood(More)
Nurses are integral to the blood transfusion process. This article, which forms part of Nursing Standards clinical skills series, outlines the role of the nurse in evidence-based transfusion practice. Patient assessment, preparation, pre-transfusion checks, documentation and adverse reactions are discussed.
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