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This document fully supports the recommendations for transfusion practice set out in the 2016 British Committee for Standards in Haematology ‘Guidelines on Transfusion for Fetuses, Neonates and Older Children’ and relates to neonates (up to 28 days of postnatal age), infants (> 28 days to < 1 year) and children (< 18 years). However as children are often admitted to adult wards from 16 years of age, for these patients the adult ‘Blood Transfusion Policy and related guidelines’ should be followed.

Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the provision of a service that is fair, accessible and meets the needs of all individuals.


Scope of the Policy

All staff involved in sampling, prescribing, ordering, collecting, administration of blood components / products and care/monitoring of a paediatric patient receiving a transfusion must read the sections relevant to their place of work and role.



The purpose of the policy is to assist all staff involved in any aspect of blood transfusion to ensure the right blood components / products are given to the right patient at the right time.

It also aims to ensure a standardised approach to the management of patients receiving blood components / products, reflecting best practice, thereby reducing the risks associated with transfusions. The policy includes information on the use of specific components and products, and for the management of patients with specific needs.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Joanne Finden, Transfusion Practitioner
Kim East, Transfusion Practitioner
Dr Tosin Otunla, Consultant Neonatologist
Ratified by: ASPH Patient Blood Management Committee Nursing and Midwifery Assurance Committee
Date Ratified: July 2017
Date Issued: February 2018
Review Date: July 2020
Target Audience:  
Contact name: Joanne Finden, Transfusion Practitioner
Kim East, Transfusion Practitioner