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Current Resources

Resources from the 2022 Annual SHOT Report

Use of SHOT resources:

The downloadable documents are the property of SHOT and have SHOT copyright.  They must therefore NOT BE MODIFIED without permission.

Driver diagram to help identify tactical change ideas to enhance transfusion safety

Why is this document needed?

There is a continuing trend in preventable transfusion errors reported to SHOT leading to patient harm including deaths. Common contributory factors identified include issues with staffing, training, safety culture and automation/IT.

What does it contain?

A driver diagram is a simple, visual tool used to conceptualise issues and determine the system components which will then create a pathway to get to the goal. This tool helps support staff to systematically plan and structure improvement projects.

How do I use it?

Drivers are the factors/areas that you need to change to see improvement. Change ideas are the tactical changes to processes and things that staff could do differently which will impact on the drivers recognised.

Use the driver diagram to identify potential tactical change ideas to enhance transfusion safety in your organisation. There is both a vertical and horizontal version for use.




Using Information Technology for Safe Transfusion

This document has been created to support the implementation of safe IT systems within hospitals and transfusion laboratories

Why is this document needed?

Feedback from the SCRIPT user survey in 2020/21 suggested that transfusion services would appreciate more guidance on the functionality of transfusion IT. Actions for SCRIPT included reinforcing recommendations that electronic transfusion systems should be implemented, and to provide documentation on transfusion IT.

What does it contain?

This document has been created to support the implementation of safe IT systems within hospitals and transfusion laboratories. It details how properly developed and configured IT systems can be used in
collaboration with staff skills and knowledge to improve patient safety.

How do I use it?

It is arranged in two sections, firstly by Ten steps in the transfusion pathway and secondly by IT system. Each section contains identical information, however, is arranged differently for ease of use. Please use the index page for each section to navigate the document. Click here or on the image below to access the document.


Transfusion-transmitted infection risk-reduction measures

Why is this document needed?

To outline the measures in place in the UK to minimise risk of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI)

What does it contain?

Illustrative diagram of the transfusion process from donor selection, arm cleaning, diversion of initial donation, microbiological screening tests, optimal storage and transport, quality control processes and safe management of any suspected TTI cases.

How do I use it?

This image can be utilised as a training and educational tool to explain the measures in place to minimise TTI in the UK blood supply.

Other Current Resources

Annual SHOT Reports Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

A DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to uniquely identify an article or document, and to provide it with a permanent web address. These DOIs will help readers easily locate the Annual SHOT Reports when cited. While a web address (URL) might change, the DOI will never change.

Wrong Blood In Tube (WBIT) Investigation template

To assist in the investigation of wrong blood in tube (WBIT) events, SHOT have developed a WBIT investigation template. This form includes sections to help identify barriers and human factors (individual task related, equipment, team related, organisational, etc) that may contribute to WBITs. Using this template may help determine causal and contributory factors and improve patient safety by identifying gaps in knowledge and practice.

PSIRF and impact on haemovigilance in England

This document aims to answer questions regarding the recording, reporting and investigation of transfusion related adverse incidents in England following the introduction of PSIRF.

New cell free fetal DNA discrepancy investigation form

The following template has been developed to assist hospital laboratories in investigation where cord D-types are discrepant with D-type predicted by cffDNA screening.