Always obtain and document consent from your patient.
Check your local institutional guidelines about informed consent.
Always cover the following when acquiring informed consent:
Cause/likelihood of bleeding or the low blood count (including any uncertainty)
Nature of the proposed transfusion therapy—what is involved
Risks common and rare but serious
- Alternatives including the risk of doing nothing.
Is there anything else you would like to know?
- Is there anything you do not understand?
Interpreter for non-English speaking patients
- Written information.