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Guidance for preventing errors in administering blood transfusions

New guidance for the administration of blood transfusions to patients has been published by the RCN (2004). The document, Right Blood, Right Patient, Right Time, reveals the findings of an unpublished audit carried out by the National Blood Service and the Royal College of Physicians in 2003, showing that nurses fail to carry out vital monitoring signs in the early stages of nearly 50 per cent of transfusions (Chatterjee, 2004). They highlight common errors in patient identification ...

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