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Five minutes with . . . Paula Bolton-Maggs

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 26 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3555
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The medical director of Serious Hazards of Transfusion, the UK haemovigilance scheme, discusses the latest findings on adverse incidents

“Earlier this month we published our latest annual report on adverse incidents related to transfusion.1 Our organisation is 20 years old and has had a significant impact on transfusion safety.

“All NHS trusts in the UK now report to our scheme, and we receive 3500 to 4000 reports a year. This year’s report on incidents in 2016 shows that 87% were caused by human errors, quite a few of which highlight mistakes in the nine step, vein to vein transfusion process. …

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