Action 7.8 states

The health service organisation participates in haemovigilance activities, in accordance with the national framework

Intent

The health service organisation participates in relevant haemovigilance activities to improve the effective and appropriate management of blood and blood products, and to ensure the safety of people receiving and donating blood.

Reflective questions

To whom does the health service organisation report internally and externally on haemovigilance activities?

How does the health service organisation ensure that this reporting is consistent with the national framework?

Key tasks

  • Identify and implement processes to take part in haemovigilance programs for health service organisations, local health networks or private hospital groups, state or territory programs or national programs
  • Develop and implement education activities for haemovigilance programs.

Strategies for improvement

Hospitals

Identify local and state or territory haemovigilance reporting requirements, and have processes in place to ensure that these are met.

Participate in state or territory and national haemovigilance programs. National data collection contributes to the understanding of transfusion-related errors, and allows identification of safety and quality measures to deliver better transfusion outcomes. In many cases, state or territory governments generate information about blood-related incidents from organisation-wide incident management and investigation systems. In other cases, information may need to be submitted separately.

Provide haemovigilance reporting to the blood management governance group, which is responsible for:

  • Independently reviewing adverse events
  • Establishing validity classification and assessing imputability
  • Reporting adverse events to state and territory systems (see the NBA haemovigilance reporting website).

All members of the workforce involved in haemovigilance programs are expected to receive relevant orientation or training.

Day Procedure Services

Applicability of actions

The actions in the Blood Management Standard will not be applicable for day procedure services that do not use blood or blood products. These services should provide evidence that they do not use, receive, store, collect or transport the blood or blood products governed under this standard.

Services using blood or blood products should refer to the information provided for hospitals for blood management.

MPS & Small Hospitals

MPSs or small hospitals that are part of a local health network or private hospital group should adopt or adapt and use the established processes to take part in haemovigilance programs.

Small hospitals that are not part of a local health network or private hospital group may need to:

  • Identify and implement processes to take part in the organisation’s haemovigilance program, or a program conducted by the Local Hospital Network or nearby larger hospitals, and state or territory or national programs
  • Develop and implement education activities for haemovigilance programs.

Hospitals

Identify local and state or territory haemovigilance reporting requirements, and have processes in place to ensure that these are met.

Participate in state or territory and national haemovigilance programs. National data collection contributes to the understanding of transfusion-related errors, and allows identification of safety and quality measures to deliver better transfusion outcomes. In many cases, state or territory governments generate information about blood-related incidents from organisation-wide incident management and investigation systems. In other cases, information may need to be submitted separately.

Provide haemovigilance reporting to the blood management governance group, which is responsible for:

  • Independently reviewing adverse events
  • Establishing validity classification and assessing imputability
  • Reporting adverse events to state and territory systems (see the NBA haemovigilance reporting website).

All members of the workforce involved in haemovigilance programs are expected to receive relevant orientation or training.

Day Procedure Services

Applicability of actions

The actions in the Blood Management Standard will not be applicable for day procedure services that do not use blood or blood products. These services should provide evidence that they do not use, receive, store, collect or transport the blood or blood products governed under this standard.

Services using blood or blood products should refer to the information provided for hospitals for blood management.

MPS & Small Hospitals

MPSs or small hospitals that are part of a local health network or private hospital group should adopt or adapt and use the established processes to take part in haemovigilance programs.

Small hospitals that are not part of a local health network or private hospital group may need to:

  • Identify and implement processes to take part in the organisation’s haemovigilance program, or a program conducted by the Local Hospital Network or nearby larger hospitals, and state or territory or national programs
  • Develop and implement education activities for haemovigilance programs.