Transfusion Reactions

If a transfusion reaction is suspected, stop the transfusion immediately.  Follow the trust protocol (internal users only) and inform blood bank.   All units which have been used (partially and fully) must be returned to the blood bank along with:

Transfusion Reaction - Sample Requirements
EDTA (pink top)

2 x 6 ml EDTA samples for Blood Bank

EDTA (purple top)
1 x 4 ml EDTA sample for FBC
Sodium Citrate (blue top) 1 x 3.5 ml Sodium Citrate sample for coagulation studies
Clotted (gold top)

1 x 7 ml Clotted sample for biochemistry investigations

Blood culture bottles

Blood culture samples to microbiology

The Blood Bank will issue a 'Transfusion Reaction' form for the person in charge of the patient to complete

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The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

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For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235