Transfusion errors have many causes, including misidentification, training deficiencies, work overload, faulty communication, and more.

  1. Does faulty communication play a major or minor role in causing serious transfusion errors?
  2. Which types of patients are especially at risk from communication errors?

a. Faulty communication plays a major role in serious transfusion errors.

b. Patients especially at risk from communication errors include those with special transfusion, for example:

  • patients requiring irradiated blood components
  • patients requiring CMV-negative blood components
  • patients with clinically significant antibodies