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Transfusion Essentials

​Obtaining Blood Components and products

Transfusion Medicine

​Requirements (i,ii)

All personnel must be trained in the proper handling and transportation of blood components and plasma protein products. This training must be documented and regular reviews and internal audits will be performed to ensure that personnel are in compliance with the documented procedures.
Personnel permitted to transport blood within our facilities include:

  • Lab Staff , Porters, Phlebotomists
  • Ward clerks
  • Ward aides
  • Registered Nurses/Registered Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Physicians

​Obtaining Blood Components and Plasma Protein Products  ​In order to ensure that the correct blood component/ product is issued for the correct patient, a document with the patient’s name, identification number (health service number (HSN), medical record number (MRN) or unique numerical identifier) and component/product required must be presented at the Transfusion Medicine Laboratory (TML).
  1. Once the component/product has been confirmed available for pick up from TML, the appropriate personnel to pick up the component or product is to be contacted. They must be provided with the information outlined in Step 2.
    • At RUH the TM porter can be contacted through switchboard for component or product pick up.
  2. Required recipient and component/ product information must be given to the blood pick-up personnel, including:
    • Patient first and last name
    • Patient unique identification number (e.g.  HSN or Transfusion service identification number [TSIN])
    • Component or product requested and amount/volume
    • A completed blood Product and Component Pickup Slip SHR Form #102930 (green) should be utilized whenever possible
  3. Personnel picking up the component/product should have completed the Transport of Blood Components and Plasma Protein Products within a Facility Quiz in advance of pick up.
  4. Personnel transporting components and products within the facility shall wear their identification badges and ensure that they are visible.
  5. Personnel transporting components and products must participate in confirmation of the patient and component or product information with the issuing TML staff.
  6. The component/product will be placed in a plastic bag or cooler by TML staff for transport. Care must be taken to ensure patient confidentiality is maintained throughout the transport.
  7. The component/product must be transported to the requesting ward/unit within 10 minutes of pick-up, and presented to nursing staff on the ward/unit immediately upon arrival.
  8. Components/products must never be placed in any refrigerator outside of TML, nor should they be placed near any heat source.
  9. Good hand hygiene practices must be maintained after handling blood components/products.
  10. If a decision is made to delay or cancel transfusion, blood components/products must be returned to TML within 60 minutes from the time listed on the transfusion slip.
​Administration of Blood Components and Products​For administration information please view the Policies and Procedures:


i SaskBlood. Guideline SK 8; Selection of Blood Products and Specialized Product Usage Criteria. Saskatchewan Transfusion Resource Manual. Version September 29, 2011.
ii Standards for Diagnostic Accreditation Alliance (WCDAA). Transfusion Medicine. TM 6.4.2. Version 5: 2017.

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-794 v4

Last Modified: Monday, August 19, 2019 |
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