Call for national body to ensure blood transfusion safety

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:881
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Doctors in Britain concerned about the safety of blood transfusions have called for a national unified body to be established that will oversee the whole process, from collection of blood from donors to the delivery of blood components to patients on wards.

    The move follows the first annual report issued by the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme, which revealed that in the year ending September 1997, 94 hospitals reported a total of 169 instances of error, almost half (47%) of which were cases where patients had received a blood component intended for someone else. These resulted in one death and nine cases …

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