Rate of Infusion and Precautions
- All Blood components (except Platelets and Cryoprecipitate)
should be infused within four hours. If the transfusion of the
component cannot be started immediately, return it to the blood
bank for appropriate storage.
- In the routine setting (i.e. a stable patient), transfuse each unit slowly (up to 50mL/hour) for the first 15 minutes and observe the patient for any adverse reaction. Only increase the rate to the prescribed rate after 15 minutes.
- Never store blood components in the standard ward
- Paediatric patients should always have doses prescribed in mL, not units. If the prescription is in units, check the volume required in mL, as units vary in volume and there are different types of units (neonatal and adult).