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We are very pleased to share informative videos covering key areas relevant to transfusion safety and haemovigilance in UK. We are very grateful for the funding received from Health Education England to support this development. We hope that you find these useful and share them widely. Please contact us at with any further suggestions or queries. All Annual SHOT Reports can be accessed at


Transfusion Laboratory Errors

Safe transfusion practices require both clinical and laboratory teams to work collaboratively and in a coordinated manner. This video has been drafted by the working expert group dealing with laboratory errors and focuses on key messages from laboratory errors reported to SHOT with important learning points and recommendations.

Alternative video format:
Transfusion Laboratory Errors – Vimeo


Pulmonary Complications of Transfusion

Pulmonary complications (TRALI, TACO and TAD) post transfusion continue to contribute significantly to death and major morbidity after transfusion. At least some of these are potentially preventable and early recognition with prompt treatment is vital. This video provides an overview of the pulmonary complications as reported to SHOT and covers key learning points.

Alternative video format:
Pulmonary Complications of Transfusion – Vimeo


Pre-transfusion blood sampling

The Patient Blood Management team and SHOT have produced a ‘Pre-transfusion blood sampling’ animated video to further support safe practice in hospitals.

The pre-administration blood component transfusion bedside check

This video outlines critical key steps for completing pre-administration bedside checks of blood components.

The video can be played in full or paused at particular points to support training and knowledge of this final step.  The video supports the British Society of Haematology (BSH, 2017) guideline for the administration of blood components, the National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC, 2016) National Standards for the Clinical Transfusion Process and the Central Alerting System (CAS) Alert Safe Transfusion Practice – use a bedside checklist, (Department for Health, 2017).

The video was produced through collaboration between the UK haemovigilance scheme, Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) and the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Patient Blood Management (PBM) Team with funding from Health Education England.