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The UK Blood Services are committed to helping healthcare workers understand how to support the safe and appropriate use of blood and want to bring this e-learning resource to a wider audience.

The way you access the materials will depend on your role and how the e-learning is provided to your organisation.
 

 

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Essential Guide

You can find out more about Learnbloodtransfusion including how to access the materials, with our Essential Guide.

 

Learn blood transfusion offers eleven courses and two pathways. Please select a course/pathway below to find out more

Safe Transfusion Practice (7 sessions)

Safe Transfusion Practice helps healthcare workers to perform their important role in the transfusion process, supporting them to provide high standards of care to patients, improve transfusion practice and minimise the risk to patients.

All NHS staff who are involved in the transfusion process should undertake this course where relevant to their role. This includes doctors, nurses and midwives, operating department practitioners, clinical support workers, phlebotomists, porters, biomedical scientists and medical laboratory assistants.

Sessions:

  1. Haemovigilance in the UK and Republic of Ireland

  2. Blood Group Serology

  3. Requesting Procedures

  4. Sampling Procedures

  5. Collection Procedures

  6. Administration Procedures

  7. Management of Transfused Patient

 

Blood Components and Indications for Use (8 sessions)

Blood Components and Indications for Use helps you to practise evidence-based transfusion. It includes the constituents of blood components, summarises the indications for use, the therapeutic benefits and risks, and the management of adverse events.

This course is suitable for doctors, nurses and midwives, operating department practitioners and blood transfusion trainers. You need to ensure you successfully complete Safe Transfusion Practice before you start Blood Components and Indications for use.

Sessions:

  1. Safe and Appropriate Transfusion Practice

  2. Blood Group Serology

  3. Red Blood Cells

  4. Platelets

  5. Plasma Components

  6. Massive Transfusion

  7. Plasma Derivatives

  8. Adverse Effects of Transfusion

Good Manufacturing Practice for Transfusion Laboratory Staff (9 sessions)

The UK Blood Safety and Quality Regulations (as amended) (BSQR 2005) impose legal requirements on hospital transfusion laboratories to establish and maintain a quality system based on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

This course provides a basic understanding of the principles of GMP for people who work in the hospital transfusion laboratory.

Sessions:

  1. Quality Management System

  2. Personnel

  3. Documentation

  4. Premises and Equipment

  5. Quality Control

  6. Service Provision

  7. Contracts and Analyses

  8. Complaints and Blood Component Recall

  9. Audit

 

Safe Transfusion Practice - Paediatrics (7 sessions)

Safe Transfusion Practice (Paediatrics) incorporates sessions 1 to 7 from "Safe Transfusion Practice" above. It is provided as an alternative course for healthcare workers in the paediatric setting.

Anti-D Clinical (6 sessions)

The Anti-D Clinical course covers pathophysiology, management of routine and non-routine care during pregnancy, informed decision making and administration of anti-D immunoglobulin.

This course is aimed primarily at clinicians (obstetricians), midwives, nurses and general practitioners.

Sessions:

  1. Understanding Maternal Senitisation

  2. Anti-D Prophyaxis

  3. Management of Pregnancies at Increased Risk

  4. Anti-D - Routine Use

  5. Anti-D - Informed Decision Making

  6. Anti-D - Safe Storage and Administraton

Anti-D Laboratory (5 sessions)

The Anti-D Laboratory course covers routine laboratory testing in pregnancy and the role of the laboratory in anti-D prophylaxis and anti-D sensitised pregnancies.

This course is aimed primarily at biomedical scientists working in haematology and transfusion laboratories, clinicians (obstericians), midwives, nurses and general practioners.

Sessions:

  1. Understanding Maternal Senitisation

  2. Anti-D Prophyaxis

  3. Routine Laboratory Testing in Pregnancy

  4. The Role of the Laboratory in Anti-D Prophylaxis

  5. The Role of the Laboratory in Anti-D Sensitised Pregnancies

Learn Cell Salvage (4 sessions)

Learn Cell Salvage is designed to offer any learner the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the principles of cell salvage and increase your awareness of a range of blook conservation of intraoperative cell salvage (ICS) and postoperative cell salvage (PCS).

This course is aimed primarily at doctors, nurses, operating department practitioners, cell salvage operators, clinical perfusionists, and clinical support workers.

One session split into four units:

  1. Basic Blood Facts

  2. Blood Conservation

  3. Intraoperative Cell Salvage

  4. Postoperative Cell Salvage (PCS)

Transfusion Laboratory: safe practice (6 sessions)

This module promotes safe practice in the transfusion laboratory and covers the key safety issues associated with sample acceptability, serological testing, component issue and traceability.

It focuses on the role of the laboratory in haemovigilance and the importance of effective communication between various staff groups.

It is aimed at Healthcare Scientists (Biomedical & Clinical) and Biomedical Support Workers working in the transfusion laboratory, however all staff groups involved in the transfusion process may find this module useful.

Sessions:

  1. Haemovigilance in the UK and Republic of Ireland

  2. Laboratory Communication

  3. Sample Reception

  4. Serology Testing

  5. Provision of Blood Components

  6. Adverse Reactions and Events

Safe Blood Sampling for Transfusion (1 session – no assessment)

Safe Blood Sampling for Transfusion is an adjunct to the Sampling Unit in the ‘Safe Transfusion Practice’ course and offers an alternative method of engaging users through video based learning. It highlights the high risk or error ‘hotspots’ when taking a blood sample for transfusion (identifying the patient, labelling the sample tube, matching the blood sample with the request form) and explains the procedure which must be followed correctly or the consequences for the patient could be fatal. This course is aimed at Doctors, nurses, midwives, phlebotomists and other clinical staff who take blood samples for pre-transfusion testing.

Sessions:

  1. Safe Blood Sampling for Transfusion

Consent for Transfusion (5 sessions)

Consent for Transfusion covers the background and rationale for having consent for transfusion. It has been designed for clinicians and nurses involved in the consent process. The course should be used in conjunction with Module 1 Safe Transfusion Practice and Module 2 Blood Components and Indications for Use. Although formal documentation of consent should be done by doctors and nurse authorisers, all healthcare professionals caring for transfused patients should complete this course to gain the necessary knowledge needed to answer any questions patients may have.

One session split into five units:

1.  Consent for Transfusion

2.  Patient Information

3.  Benefits and Risks of Blood Transfusion

4.  Alternatives to Blood Transfusion

5.  The Consent Process

Acute Transfusion Reactions (6 sessions)

This course covers the recognition, immediate and further management of an Acute Transfusion Reaction, which investigations to consider and the reporting requirements; reactions in special groups, e.g. neonates and patients with sickle cell disease, are also addressed. It is aimed at medical, nursing & midwifery staff and operating department practitioners and other allied health professionals involved in transfusion.

 

Sessions:

  1. Recognition of Acute Transfusion Reactions

  2. Transfusion Reactions in Special Groups

  3. Immediate Management of Transfusion Reactions

  4. Investigation of Transfusion Reactions

  5. Further Management

  6. Haemovigilance Reporting in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland

Phlebotomist pathway (4 sessions)

This pathway includes haemovigilance, sampling procedures, safe blood sampling for transfusion, and ABO blood group serology, and is aimed Phlebotomists and any other staff undertaking solely the sampling of blood in the transfusion process

 

Sessions:

  1. Haemovigilance in the UK and Republic of Ireland

  2. Sampling Procedure

  3. Safe Blood sampling for Transfusion

  4. ABO Serology - Phlebotomist fact sheet

Porter pathway (3 sessions)

This pathway includes haemovigilance, collection procedure, and ABO blood group serology, and is aimed Porters and any other staff undertaking solely the collection of blood in the transfusion process

 

Sessions:

  1. Haemovigilance in the UK and Republic of Ireland

  2. Collection Procedure

  3. ABO Serology - Porter fact sheet

 

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