Report of the Steering Group on the Safe, Effective and
Efficient Use of Blood Components and their Alternatives
Both SNBTS and NHSScotland are aware of the risks involved in
all aspects of blood management and Scotland. Together
they invested in two important pieces of work:
- A Clinical Resource and Audit Group (CRAG) audit on 'Optimal
Use of Donor Blood'
- An Audit Scotland study of hospital blood banks.
Both these pieces of work identified a number of areas where
processes and practice could be improved.
As a result of this, the Scottish Executive Health Department
(SEHD) has introduced an extensive programme of work to improve and
support transfusion practice (the Better Blood Transfusion
Programme) and asked NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) to
consider how it could address the quality improvement issues
identified in these reports.
NHS QIS set up a Steering Group to take this work forward and
the above document (available in both Word and PDF
versions) reports on the Group's recommendations.
Published Date: 01 July 2004