The UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative (UKTLC) has revised its minimum standards for 2023, with an abridged version now available on the Serious Hazards Of Transfusion (SHOT) website.
The UKTLC standards have been revised for 2023, replacing the previous version authored by Chaffe B, Glencross H, Jones et al. dating from 2014. A full report will be published shortly in Transfusion Medicine.
An abridged version of the standards is currently available on the SHOT website for laboratories to begin the compliance and gap analysis process. To support this process a gap analysis template is also provided, along with other resources that can be used to aid compliance.
The United Kingdom Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative was formed in 2006 in response to 30-40% of the wrong blood events reported to SHOT originating in the hospital transfusion laboratory. The Collaborative involves all major transfusion organisations within the UK including the Institute of Biomedical Science, The Royal College of Pathologists, British Blood Transfusion Society and UKNEQAS (the national quality assessment scheme for transfusion).
Click here to see the abridged version of the new minimum standards, and additional documentation - https://www.shotuk.org/resources/current-resources/uktlc/
- Chaffe B, Glencross H, Jones J et al. UK Transfusion Laboratory Collaborative: minimum standards for staff qualifications, training, competency and the use of information technology in hospital transfusion laboratories 2014. Transfus Med. 2014;24(6):335-340. doi:10.1111/tme.12153