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Single Unit Transfusion Flowchart

The Single Unit Transfusion Flow Chart is a decision support tool designed to assist clinicians with appropriate prescribing of red blood cells. The International Society for Blood Transfusion defines single unit transfusion as “in the non-bleeding patient, single-unit transfusion refers to a standard dosing scheme of one unit of red blood cells, followed by an assessment of the patient’s signs and symptoms to determine whether additional units are indicated.”

A single unit transfusion policy can ensure the safety and efficacy of red blood cell transfusion by confirming every unit transfused is a clinical decision where the expected benefit outweighs the risks.

Implementing a single unit transfusion policy will help hospitals meet the National Safety and Quality Health Service Blood Management Standard. 

The Single Unit Transfusion Flowchart will be available for download from the NBA website once finalised.

We invite interested individuals, groups and organisations to comment on the Flowchart and encourage you to advise your colleagues of its availability for public comment.

The Single Unit Transfusion Flowchart and submission template are available below. 

The closing date for submissions is 5pm 5 August 2022. Please submit responses to

Single Unit Transfusion Flowchart

PDF icon Draft - Single Unit Transfusion Flow Chart.pdf

Submission template

File Single Unit Transfusion Guide - Submission Template.docx

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