The Blood Matters program 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.
SCV have released a news statement from Adjunct Professor Stephen Cornelissen, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Chief Executive, regarding the increased demand for blood, and the challenges to support the use of group O RhD negative RBC in Australia.
The National Blood Authority, and national stakeholders, are preparing a National Statement for the Emergency Use of Group O RBC, which includes the use of group O RhD positive RBC. The statement can be found via the page on the Safer Care Victoria website.
Please take the time to read the statement and consider your health services emergency use of blood group O RBC.
The festive season is fast approaching, and once again it is time for us to consider how we can keep blood wastage to a minimum over this period.
Donated blood is a precious gift, and we all need to do our part to protect and manage this valuable resource. Let’s celebrate the donor’s precious gift this festive season.
The manufacturing process for five of Australia’s domestic plasma products will change.
The products will continue to be manufactured in Australia from Australia’s plasma, but will be manufactured using CSL Behring’s global manufacturing processes.
In 2022 Blood Matters will conduct a two-part consent audit:
- Part A is a blood transfusion consent policy review
- Part B is a retrospective medical record audit of up to 30 patients. These patients received a blood component transfusion.
The audit will be open from 27 June to 12 August.
About the Blood Matters Program
The Blood Matters Program began in April 2002 and involved the collaboration of three organisations and subsequently expanded to 12.
Blood Matters consumer information
Victoria's Blood Matters Program has developed consumer information resources with input from patients.
Immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy
Information about IVIg Governance and supply, the SCIg access program and Criteria for use.
Transfusion science and blood stewardship
Workforce professional development and blood wastage reduction.
National Standards and patient blood management
Information about the National Standards and patient blood management.
Blood transfusion audit and data collection
Blood transfusion audits and data collection tools can assist Victorian health services to identify gaps in practice, update and improve policies and procedures to ensure best practice and meet the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting system
The Serious Transfusion Incident Reporting system is a central reporting system for serious adverse events with transfusion of fresh blood or blood components.
Reports, journal articles and government policy on blood and blood products
Reports and journal articles are available for Victorian health services to help their practice in blood and blood product management.
The Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations and the Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice
The University of Melbourne has advised that they do not intend to offer these certificates in 2020. Blood Matters are currently exploring other options for these courses.
Blood Matters program contacts
Contact details for Blood Matters staff, and for Victorian and interstate transfusion nurses, trainers, safety officers and quality officers.
Reviewed 06 December 2022