Division of Hematology & Thromboembolism

Blood Product Information for Physicians

Blood transfusions can confer clinical benefit, but can also carry serious potential risks.  All blood transfusions must be given with informed consent.  Physicians must consider the risks and benefits when they order blood, and explain the trade-offs clearly to their patients.

Information on potential risks of blood and blood products in Canada, as well as the key elements of informed consent, is below:
http://transfusionontario.org/en/download/informed-consent-card/

Provincial information on the evidence based use of blood, including the clinical indications for blood use, is below:
http://transfusionontario.org/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/03/Clinincal-Practice-Recommendations-for-Blood-Component-use-in-Adult-Inpatients.pdf

Safe transfusion practice involves giving the right blood product to the right patient in the right way, for the right reason.  Provincial guidance on how to give blood products safely and effectively are below:
http://transfusionontario.org/en/download/top-ten-hints-for-safe-transfusion-orders/

This information was last updated in May 2017, and approved by HRLMP Transfusion Medicine Professional Staff.

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