Resources for neonatal transfusion

The Blood Service in collaboration with three health services has developed free resources for anyone involved in neonatal transfusion to improve outcomes in neonates.

Transfusion consent for neonates: A shared decision

This video shows an example of shared decision-making when a transfusion is being considered for a neonate. In this demonstration, Dr Andrew McPhee is talking with actors who are playing the parents who have decision-making capacity.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the benefits and risks of a blood transfusion to parents whose child requires a blood transfusion.
  • Present information that is easily understood.
  • Ensure that parents understand why transfusion had been recommended and other possible treatment options.
  • Ensure that the parents priorities and beleifs are taken into consideration.
  • Gather informed consent from parents.

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Contributors: John Hunter Children's Hospital, Newcastle, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, and Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide