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Introduction

This policy and guidelines fully supports the recommendations for transfusion practice set out in the 2016 British Society for Haematology ‘Guidelines on Transfusion for Fetuses, Neonates and Older Children’ and relates to neonates (up to 28 days of postnatal age), infants (> 28 days to < 1 year) and children ( < 18 years), however in many cases children are admitted to adult wards from 16 years of age, and for these patients the ‘Blood Transfusion Policy for Adult Patients with related guidelines’ should be followed.

 

Scope of the Policy

All staff involved in sampling, prescribing, ordering, collecting, administration of blood components / products and care/monitoring of neonatal and paediatric patients receiving a transfusion must read the sections relevant to their place of work and role.

This policy applies to neonatal and paediatric patients at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust & the HWPH Community Team who use blood components/products supplied by the Transfusion Laboratories.

 

Policy Details

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Compiled by: Joanne Finden, Transfusion Practitioner
Kim East, Transfusion Practitioner
Dr Sam Edwards, Consultant Neonatologist
Ratified by: ASPH Patient Blood Management Committee
BSPS Joint Patient Blood Management Team
Nursing Midwifery Allied Health Professional Board
Date Ratified: June 2021
Date Issued: July 2021
Review Date: June 2024
Target Audience: All staff involved with blood transfusion and any associated blood products including anti-D and Beriplex.
Contact name: Joanne Finden, Transfusion Practitioner
Kim East, Transfusion Practitioner