The National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) collaborates with several other bodies to improve blood transfusion practice and the appropriate use of blood.
The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) advises UK ministers and health departments on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion/transplanations.
The National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) is a key stakeholder in the National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion programme organised by NHSBT and the Royal College of Physicians.
Further details of National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusion:
NHSBT sends a monthly communication to all Transfusion Laboratory Managers, Transfusion Practitioners, Consultant Haematologists with responsibility for transfusion laboratories and Chairs of HTCs in hospitals served by the National Blood Service.
These mailings often refer to the NBTC’s work and documents and can be found on the NHSBT Hospitals & Science Website.
The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme is a confidential, anonymised scheme for the collection and analysis of adverse events to transfusion. The National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) is involved in the implementation of SHOT's recommendations for safe transfusion practice.
Full details are available on the SHOT website: www.shotuk.org.
The National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) worked with the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme on a ‘Right patient, right blood’ project to develop and evaluate new safety strategies for blood transfusion. The work on electronic identification and tracking systems for patients, blood samples and blood units (an 'electronic clinical transfusion management system') was based on work by the 'Do Once and Share' (DOAS) blood transfusion project team for Connecting for Health.