Part 02 Recommendations
The 2013 report made 10 recommendations. Nine of these recommendations remain relevant in this report and one has been amended. The ninth recommendation of 'Conduct a scoping exercise for a national haemovigilance system' has been completed and the Strategic Framework for the National Haemovigilance Program was the result of this exercise. The NBA and HAC have developed a three-year Haemovigilance Action Plan from 2013–14 to 2015–16 to guide the implementation of the recommendations in the following areas.
National blood quality and safety initiatives
- Promote the recognition and management of transfusion-related adverse events.
- Implement programs at the national, state and local hospital levels to improve reporting of serious adverse events.
Reducing human errors
- Clinical staff should comply with national guidelines on sample collection and administration of blood and blood products.
- Promote the application of technological adjuncts such as portable barcode readers and/or radio-frequency identification scanners to reduce the scope for error.
- Develop tools to encourage alignment of prescribing practice with clinical guidelines.
- Review and re-develop the Australian National Haemovigilance Data Dictionary.
- Provide tools for hospitals on the application of Australian National Haemovigilance Data Dictionary and reporting of haemovigilance data.
- Continue to include donor vigilance data in national haemovigilance reporting.
- Implement the Strategic Framework for the National Haemovigilance Program.
- Maintain and improve existing capacities for haemovigilance data reporting.