Blood Transfusion - Clinical

Skills for Health
Delivery Method: eLearning

This comprehensive course for clinical staff takes you through an understanding of decisions around transfusion, blood sampling, the collection of blood components from storage and delivery to the clinical area and the administration of blood components.

Course Content

  • Module 1: Decision to Transfuse 
  • Module 2: Pre-Transfusion Blood Sampling 
  • Module 3: Collection of Blood Components from Storage and Delivery to the Clinical Area 
  • Module 4: Administration of Blood Components 

Overview
This course is clearly defined by key areas of learning in blood transfusions. The course is split into four sections, each followed by an assessment to guide the learner through the building of their knowledge. These sections include understanding of blood components, the importance of patient identifiers and communication, handling blood components, and processes relating to safe blood transfusion.

What will learners get out of it?

Decision to Transfuse  
The learner will:  

  • understand transfusion issues.  
  • be able to identify the blood components available and know the indications for their use.  
  • have an understanding of the available alternatives to transfusion.  
  • know the expected benefits, risks and anticipated outcomes of transfusion.  
  • understand the importance and the factors considered as part of undertaking an effective patient assessment.  
  • understand the importance of providing and documenting the reason for transfusion.  
  • understand the importance of providing patients with the required information to enable the patient’s understanding for blood transfusion and respond to their concerns.  
  • understand the importance of and know the procedure for obtaining and documenting informed consent for blood transfusion.  
  • know the processes required for the safe and appropriate ordering of blood components, including special requirements.  
  • know where local policies are available.  
  • know the processes to authorise (prescribe) blood components. 

Blood Sampling  
The learner will:  

  • know which equipment and materials are needed for blood sampling including protective clothing for yourself and/or individual.  
  • understand the importance of obtaining positive confirmation of individuals’ identity and consent before starting the procedure - and effective ways of getting positive identification.  
  • know the processes required for obtaining and labelling a transfusion sample.  
  • understand the importance of correctly completing a transfusion request with all relevant clinical information.  
  • identify the possible consequences of confusing samples or incorrect labelling.  
  • know the procedure for safe disposal of equipment and material used.  
  • understand the importance of communication with the transfusion laboratory for urgent requests.  
  • know where local policies are available. 

Collection of Blood Components from Storage and Delivery to the Clinical Area  
The learner will:  

  • be able to identify the common errors related to the collection of blood components and know how to reduce the potential risks.  
  • know the correct checking procedures and understand the rationale underpinning them.  
  • understand the importance of obtaining positive confirmation of patient identity before starting the procedure - and effective ways of getting positive identification.  
  • understand the importance of clear documentation and communication and be aware of the information required to collect blood components.  
  • understand and know the correct procedures, conditions and documentation required for receiving/delivering or returning blood components.  
  • know where local policies are available. 

Administration of blood components  
The learner will:  

  • be able to identify the common errors related to the administration of blood transfusion and know how to reduce the potential risks.  
  • understand the importance of obtaining positive confirmation of patient identity before starting the blood transfusion procedure - and effective ways of getting positive identification.  
  • understand the importance of informed consent and indication of blood transfusion.  
  • know the procedure for correct blood component checks prior to administration, and understand the rationale underpinning them.  
  • know the frequency and importance of patient monitoring, transfusion rates and relevant documentation of transfusion episodes.  
  • know how and where blood components are stored.  
  • know, recognise and understand the potential common complications of blood transfusion together with the appropriate management.  
  • know the process for management of massive blood loss.  
  • know how to raise concerns or report incidents / regarding the administration of components.  
  • know the procedure for safe use and disposal of equipment and materials.  
  • know where local policies are available. 


Who is this course for?

All staff involved in the blood transfusion process which includes decision to transfuse, transfusion blood sampling, collection of blood components from storage, administration and monitoring of a transfusion.

Assessment 

The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment designed to test learners' understanding of the course. Learning progress and test results can be tracked by managers for internal development and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.

Duration

150 mins

Booking

Click 'book now' below then follow the checkout process. On receipt of your order, the e-learning team will be in touch to arrange access, please allow 24 hours. Learners can access and re-visit the course for a year.

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