Blood transfusion recipients are being urged to ask nurses: “Do you know who I am?” as part of a new patient awareness campaign.
The patient identification check campaign has been launched by the NHS Blood and Transplant service (NHSBT) to cut out the potential for error during the transfusion process.
A back-to-basics approach is being implemented among professionals and patients, where blood recipients are being encouraged to speak up to health professionals and advise them to check names, dates of birth and blood test samples.
Although the blood supply in the UK is one of the safest in the world, the NHSBT wants to make sure errors are kept to the absolute minimum, with checks on identification wrist bands an absolute must for professionals in the field.
Calling for more patient involvement and participation, the service’s Rebecca Gerrard said: “We want to ensure that these events never happen. Despite our safety record, we feel that even one mistake that affects a patient is one too many. So we’re asking patients to help staff by ensuring they know who you are, so identification mistakes leading to incorrect transfusions never happen.”