Thursday 14 May 2015

Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services

The 29th edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services has been issued. The guide details the latest standards of practice in blood banking and transfusion medicine. As in the past, each of the chapter headings represents one of the Quality System Essentials and the quality standards are supplemented by technical requirements.

Significant changes:
  • A new standard requiring that plasma and whole blood for transfusion be collected from males or from females who have either never been pregnant or found to be negative for HLA antibodies that cause TRALI.
  • A new standard concerning follow-up information in donor qualification.
  • New component-specific standards for Plasma Frozen Within 24 Hours After Phlebotomy Held at Room Temperature up to 24 Hours After Phlebotomy and Apheresis Platelets Platelet Additive Solution Added Leukocytes Reduced.
  • Requirements for a policy on intrauterine transfusion.
  • Expanded monitoring standard includes the review of clinically relevant laboratory results.

For details see: Blood Banks

Posted by Tim Sandle

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