International Transfusion Guidelines and Standards for Best Practice


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Website: International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG)

Tinmouth A, MacDougall M, Fergusson D, Amin M, Graham ID, Hebert PC, Kumanan Wilson K. Reducing the amount of blood transfused. A systematic review of behavioral interventions to change physicians- transfusion practices. Arch Intern Med 2005 Apr 25;165(8):845-52.

Australia / New Zealand


Australian Guidelines & Standards (Links to many guidelines)

NBA: Patient Blood Management Guidelines

NBA: Guidance for the Provision of Intraoperative Cell Salvage (Mar. 2014)

ANZSBT Guidelines


International Society for Blood Transfusion

Guidelines for Validation of Automated Systems in Blood EstablishmentsVersion December 2009

United Kingdom

NEW Robinson S, Harris A, Atkinson S, Atterbury C, Bolton-Maggs P, C. Elliott C, et al. The administration of blood components: a British Society for Haematology Guideline. Transfus Med. 2018 Feb;28(1):3-21. Epub 2017 Nov 6

British Committee for Standards in Haematology. Guidelines on transfusion for fetuses, neonates and older children (11 Nov. 2016)

British Committee for Standards in Haematology. Guideline for blood grouping and red cell antibody testing in pregnancy. (23 Feb. 2016)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Transfusion Pathway and Guidelines (Nov. 2015)

BCSH Guidelines - update: Tinegate H, Birchall J, Gray A, Haggas R, Massey E, Norfolk D, et al. Guideline on the investigation and management of acute transfusion reactions Prepared by the BCSH Blood Transfusion Task Force. Br J Haematol 2012 Oct;159(2):143-53. Epub 2012 Aug 29. | Full test guideline

BCSH Guidelines

UK blood transfusion and tissue transplantation guidelines

Guidelines for the Blood Transfusion Services in the UK

Recommended minimum standards for hospital transfusion laboratories. Updated Sept. 2010 (UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative)

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland

Blood Transfusion and the Anaesthetist - Blood Component Therapy (2005)

Blood Transfusion and the Anaesthetists - Intra-operative Cell Salvage (2009) AAGBI Safety Guideline

Blood Transfusion and the Anaesthetist - Red Cell Transfusion 2 (2008)


A compendium of transfusion practice guidelines (ed. 2, 2013, American Red Cross)

American Society of Hematology Guidelines

Clinical practice guideline: red blood cell transfusion in adult trauma and critical care. Napolitano LM,et al; American College of Critical Care Medicine of the Society of Critical Care Medicine; Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Practice Management Workgroup (Crit Care Med. 2009 Dec;37(12):3124–57)

Management of hyperbilirubinemia in the newborn infant 35 or more weeks of gestation (summary) American Academy of Pediatrics 1994 Oct (revised 2004 Jul)

Platelet transfusion for patients with cancer (summary) American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2000 Nov 3.

Prevention of Rh D alloimmunization - American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1999 May (reviewed 2004)