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Blood Transfusion

Learnbloodtransfusion has been developed by the UK Blood Services and is reviewed annually by a UK-wide editorial board. It has been developed to ensure that all healthcare workers can participate safely in the transfusion process, in line with the Health Service Circular, Better Blood Transfusion  Safe and Appropriate Use of Blood (2007).

The interactive e-learning materials offer healthcare workers the opportunity to practice skills relevant to:

  • Prescribing
  • Requesting
  • Sampling
  • Administering a transfusion
  • Managing an adverse event
  • Sample testing
  • Blood conservation
  • The consent process
  • Laboratory practice

Topics covered in the Learnbloodtransfusion courses include:

  • ABO blood group system and serology
  • The correct procedures in each step of the transfusion process
  • Blood component and derivatives and their indications for use
  • The management of massive transfusion
  • Recognising and managing a transfusion reaction
  • The basic principles of Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Managing a quality system in the hospital transfusion laboratory
  • Safe practice in a paediatric setting
  • Maternal RhD sensitisation and Anti-D prophylaxis
  • Haemolytic Disease of the Foetus and Newborn (HDN)
  • Blood conservation
  • Cell salvage
  • Transfusion laboratory practice
  • Consent for Transfusion

Each e-learning session includes a self-assessment exercise and the option to download a certificate if a score of 80% or more is achieved.

Learnbloodtransfusion is supported by:

  • UK Blood Services
  • The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme
  • The National Blood Transfusion Committee, England and the respective committees in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

The project is made up of the below courses, all of which are available via ESR:

  • 000 Blood Transfusion 01: Safe Transfusion Practice
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 02: Blood Components and Indications for Use
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 03: Good Manufacturing Practice for Lab Staff
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 04: Safe Transfusion Practice (Paediatrics)
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 05: Anti-D (Clinical)
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 06: Anti-D (Laboratory)
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 07: Learn Cell Salvage
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 08: Transfusion Laboratory: safe practice
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 09: Consent for Transfusion
  • 000 Blood Transfusion 10: Safe Blood Sampling for Transfusion [no assessment]


How to access

If you already have access to ESR, search for any of the above courses using the e-Learning User URP. Not sure how to do this? Instructions are available here.

If you don't already have access to ESR, find out who you should contact to gain access by clicking here