The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has developed National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. One of the ten standards focuses on blood and blood products (Standard 7).
There are four key accreditation criteria under the National Blood and Blood Products Standard:
Governance and systems for blood and blood products prescribing and clinical use
Documenting patient information
Managing blood and blood product safety
Communicating with patients and carers
Further information: Standard 7 Blood and Blood Products What you should know
The transfusion of blood and blood products is not without risk and can lead to complications and adverse outcomes for patients. Blood and blood products should only be given when clearly indicated and the expected benefits to the patient are likely to outweigh the potential hazards.
The main areas that jeopardise safe transfusion are:
The blood sample for cross matching is taken from the wrong patient;
The wrong name is written on the blood sample tube;
The patient did not need the transfusion;
The bedside verification is not done correctly to ensure that the right blood product is being given to the right patient at the right time and in the correct manner.
Western Health is fully committed to ensuring that transfusion practices are of the highest standard. It is vital that all clinical staff are aware of not only the risks and benefits of transfusion but also the responsibility that accompanies prescribing, administering and caring for patients having blood products as part of their treatment.
For this reason all nursing and midwifery staff who will be caring for patients having blood and blood products as part of their medical treatment and all Junior Medical Staff (Interns, HMOs and Registrars) who request and/or prescribe blood and blood products or provide medical care for any patient having blood or blood products as part of their treatment must successfully complete the Western Health WeLearn Blood Transfusion Practice course and assessment quiz.
To ensure that medical staff who are undertaking a one term rotation at Western Health are familiar with requirements of Transfusion Practice at Western Health an orientation package and short assessment quiz have been developed. Completion of the Transfusion Practice Quiz is a mandatory requirement for medical staff undertaking a one term rotation at Western Health.
When you have completed the quiz please make sure you have documented your name, answered all the questions, then save the file and email to [email protected]. The pass mark required for successful completion of the mandatory quiz is 90% .If you do not achieve the required pass mark on your first attempt, you will be contacted by email and advised that you are required to repeat the quiz. Each participant may have 2 attempts at completing the quiz.
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