About the content

The guidance for transfusion provided in this app is based on:

  • NBTC Indication Codes for Transfusion in Adults – An Audit Tool
  • NBTC Appropriate Specification of Emergency Red Cells
  • BSH Guidelines for Transfusion for Fetuses, Neonates and Older Children
  • BSH Guidelines for Pre-Transfusion Compatibility Procedures in Blood Transfusion Laboratories
  • NICE guideline [NG24]

These summary documents aim to act as a prompt for clinicians to facilitate appropriate use and to enable robust documentation of indications.

Review of the NBTC Indication Codes for Transfusion is not anticipated before 2023. These are current guidelines and may change depending on new evidence.

About the app

Version Number: 2.0.8

This app was created by NHSBT PBM team, app design and production by HMA. The content of the App was developed with input from NBTC and the British Committee for Standards in Haematology.

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NBTC indication codes: https://www.transfusionguidelines.org/uk-transfusion-committees/national-blood-transfusion-committee/responses-and-recommendations

NBTC Specification of Emergency Red Cells: https://www.transfusionguidelines.org/uk-transfusion-committees/national-blood-transfusion-committee/responses-and-recommendations

Guidelines on transfusion for fetuses, neonates and older children:  https://b-s-h.org.uk/guidelines/guidelines/transfusion-for-fetuses-neonates-and-older-children/

Guidelines for pre-transfusion compatibility procedures in blood transfusion laboratories http://www.b-s-h.org.uk/guidelines/guidelines/pre-transfusion-compatibility-procedures-in-blood-transfusion-laboratories

Blood transfusion NICE guidance [NG24]: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng24

Abbreviations (not previously explained)

NHSBT: NHS Blood and Transplant

PBM: Patient Blood Management

NBTC: National Blood Transfusion Committee

NICE: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

BSH: British Society for Haematology

SHOT: Serious Hazards of Transfusion

SaBTO: advisory committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs

PHE: Public Health England

GMC: General Medical Council

SOP: Standard Operating Procedure

LIMS: Laboratory Information Management System

IAT: Indirect Antiglobulin Technique

vCJD: Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

TACO: Transfusion Associated Circulatory Overload

HPA: Human Platelet Antigen

CMV: Cytomegalovirus

VKA: Vitamin K Antagonist

Hb: Haemoglobin

INR: International Normalised Ratio

PT: Prothrombin Time

APTT: Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time

DIC: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation