Updated RCN guidance sets out advice for nursing staff in the administration of red blood cells and other components

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Intravenous news: The RCN has published the 3rd edition of  Right blood, right patient, right time. RCN guidance for improving transfusion practice (2013).  “Blood transfusion is generally a safe process that saves lives and improves the quality of life for patients. However, there are a number of risks associated with transfusion, as with any other clinical intervention. This newly updated RCN guidance sets out advice for nursing staff in the administration of red blood cells and other components. It is not wholly evidence based but built on recommendations to improve the safety of blood ordering and administration from current national guidelines, including the Serious Hazards of Transfusion reports. This publication covers the transfusion process, the role of the nurse in this process, as well as the role of the transfusion practitioner. Each area includes lots of good practice advice, information on patient monitoring and what to do if you suspect a reaction, plus a comprehensive reference and useful website section.”

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Royal College of Nursing (2013) (3rd edition) Right blood, right patient, right time. RCN guidance for improving transfusion practice. Royal College of Nursing, London. (Publication code 002 306 ISBN: 978-1-908782-41-0).

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