Transfusion monitoring

Every patient receiving a blood product must be closely monitored as serious, acute allergic and immune reactions may occur during the transfusion. A dedicated transfusion monitoring form allows you to collate all the relevant transfusion information for the patient in one document. The form encourages acceptable monitoring frequencies and clinical parameters so potential adverse reactions can be detected quickly. You can download our transfusion monitoring record at the bottom of this page.

Blood product traceability

It is vital to keep a record of blood transfusions carried out. In the patient’s clinical notes, include the blood product type, the blood unit ID, product expiry date and volume given, as well as any details on adverse transfusion reactions.

We recommend maintaining a transfusion log containing:

  • Blood product type
  • Volume given
  • Product expiry date
  • Blood unit ID
  • Date the transfusion took place
  • Administration rates
  • Transfusion duration
  • Staff involved
  • Details of any adverse transfusion reactions

Should Pet Blood Bank need to contact recipients of a blood product months or years later, this log will be vital in providing that information.

Reporting a potential transfusion reaction

How to report your potential transfusion reactions to us