Journal article

Assessment of the urgency and deferability of transfusion to inform emergency blood planning and triage: the Bloodhound prospective audit of red blood cell use

Jake Shortt, Mark N Polizzotto, Neil Waters, Marija Borosak, Martine Moran, Mary Comande, Alexandra Devine, Damien J Jolley, Erica M Wood

TRANSFUSION | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Careful planning is essential to ensure blood availability during shortages. Triaging supply is one proposed strategy; however, few data concerning the urgency of transfusion are available to inform planning. This study sought to determine the proportion of red blood cells (RBCs) used for clinically urgent indications. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A total of 5132 RBC units were randomly selected at point of production and distributed into general statewide inventory over a 9-month period. These selected units carried case report forms, for completion at the point of hospital issue for transfusion. Completed forms were returned to the blood service for collation and analysis, capturi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The contribution of all participating institutional laboratories throughout Victoria is greatly appreciated. Many thanks also to Lyn Lambert from Nursing & Midwifery Education Services, Southern Health, for processing the case report forms and David Jones, Transfusion Medicine Scientist, ARCBS, for assistance with creation of the database. This project would not have been possible without the excellent support of ARCBS Production and Inventory and Distribution staff in Melbourne and Dr Joanne Pink, Chief Medical Officer, ARCBS.