What role, if any, can patients play in increasing transfusion safety?

Patients need to take an active role in the transfusion process. For example, they should be

  • encouraged to communicate their special transfusion needs to healthcare staff
  • given written documentation of these needs (e.g., via pamphlets, letters and wallet cards).
  • instructed to question staff immediately prior to transfusion to ensure that special requirements have been met