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The Blood Matters Program is a Victorian Government program run in collaboration with the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (formerly Blood Service) that aims to support and enhance best practice in patient blood management (PBM), and the stewardship of blood and blood products, for improved patient outcomes in Victorian health services.

What's new

The Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting (STIR) annual report and summary report 2019-20 are now available to download from the STIR page.

2021 Blood Matters Audit - Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

In 2021, the Blood Matters audit will survey the implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR).

This survey will help develop an understanding of the current design and implementation of EMRs specific to blood management and transfusion practice. We will be requesting input from several areas of the health service.

We recognise that not all health services have an EMR, and there will be questions relevant to all health services.

The audit is now closed.

2020 - Perioperative anaemia assessment and management in elective surgical procedures - preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative

This audit assessed the compliance of practice to the PBM guidelines: Module 2 related to the assessment and management of reversible anaemia prior to elective surgery, and blood conservation strategies used intraoperatively to reduce postoperative anaemia.

For the report and infographics for each clinical speciality to highlight gaps in practice, see Blood Matters Audits.

The following documents are now available:

STIR bulletin number 7 - Transfusion-transmitted bacterial infection and current mitigation strategies in Australia - An overview of the current risk of bacterial infection related to blood component transfusion 

Traceability requirements of blood and blood products – January 2021 is replacing the Department of Health and Human Services Circular 32/2008 - Traceability of transfused blood and blood product

Health Service Blood Management or Patient Blood Management Committee guidance (January 2021) replaces the Department of Health and Human Service Circular 01/2018 – Health Service Blood Management Committees

Reviewed 03 November 2021


Contact details

Blood Matters Program Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

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