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Poor checks for bedside blood transfusion put patients at risk

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1171
  1. Robert Short
  1. London

    Patients having blood transfusion at the bedside continue to be put at risk of getting the wrong blood or of delayed management of adverse reactions, through misidentification and lack of observation.

    These were the conclusions from an audit of 8054 transfusion episodes from 217 UK hospitals, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians and the National Blood Service.

    This 2005 audit was designed to assess good practice in identifying patients before bedside blood transfusions and to check on progress in reducing risk to patients since the first audit …

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