The Blood Transfusion Laboratory has a Zero Tolerance Policy with regards to mis / incomplete labelling. All sections of the Form & Sample need to be accurately completed with the required available information.
Staff are reminded that the "ZERO TOLERANCE" policy will be applied where the labelling of blood samples and / or the information provided on the blood transfusion request form are incorrect.
This is to avoid near miss and avoidable errors in the transfusion process
If patient demographics are unknown (e.g In a major trauma) the relevant details should be marked as unknown male / Female. A unique identifier (major trauma / hospital number) should be given.
If patient is unconscious and are unable to establish all facts, including, special products please note on form; 'Patient Unconscious'
Completed if known
The person requesting the group and save sample should sign the form.
The person taking the sample of blood should sign the Group &
Save sample and the signature on the form as patient identified-this is
The reverse side of form needs to be completed to ensure special
Version 1.1 / October 2013 Reviewed by: Haematology Quality Lead Approved by: Consultant Haematologist