Do most of your facilities require that two nurses check blood at the patients bedside at initiation of blood transfusion or do they permit a nursing assistant to do this with an RN?
We have always been required to use 2 licensed staff members.
We require 2 lincensed nurses to check blood before initiation of a transfusion.
We transfuse all PRBC's and FFP on pumps, we infuse over 100 unit a month on our Oncolog unit.
We have 2 RN's check the blood band and identification band at the bedside..always. A tech may pick up blood from the blood bank but it is the RN's resposibility to check the blood and blood band, ect at the bedside.
Beth George, CRNI, VA-BC
Nurse Clinician/Vascular Access