Mistake-proofing is commonly used in transfusion services.

  1. List 5 examples that have been standard best practice for years.
  2. Which of these are designed to prevent communication errors?

a. Examples of common mistake-proofing tools used in the transfusion service (TS) include:

  • Checklists
  • Colour coding antisera and blood tags
  • Standards terminology
  • Cross-checking by 2 persons
  • Bar coding on blood donor labels

b. Standard terminology is designed to prevent communication errors.