Venipuncture training improves transfusion care

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“Venepuncture failures and adverse reactions not only reduce the precious blood supplies available for transfusion treatment, but also discourage future donations” Vuk et al (2014).

Reference:

Vuk, T., Cipek, V. and Juki, I. (2014) Blood collection staff education in the prevention of venepuncture failures and donor adverse reactions: from inexperienced to skilful staff. Blood Transfusion. 2014 November 21st. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Dear Sir, Blood collection is the first link of the transfusion chain, which is of utmost importance for the quality and safety of transfusion treatment, as well as for donor satisfaction. Venepuncture failures and adverse reactions not only reduce the precious blood supplies available for transfusion treatment, but also discourage future donations1,2. Thus, each blood-collecting establishment should continuously invest efforts to keep the rate of venepuncture failures and donor adverse reactions as low as possible. These goals can be achieved by careful staff education along with ensuring due quality of this segment of the transfusion service.

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