Quality & Patient Safety

Inspection of Scottish NHS leads to concerns over blood transfusions

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, October 14, 2008

Inspectors of National Health Service (NHS) Quality Improvement Scotland, which monitors Scottish health services, found that many health boards are not meeting the standards set in place for blood transfusions, reports The Herald.

Although many NHS boards had adequate amounts of staff members specifically trained on performing blood transfusions, many hospitals did not have a system in place to ensure that only trained individuals were participating in the transfusion process, according to the Herald.

Inspectors advised that hospitals ensure only trained individuals perform transfusions, as well as implementing tighter measures to identify the patient and blood correctly before the transfusion. Twelve UK patients received the wrong type of blood last year, according to the Herald.

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