We urgently need people to give blood, with red cell stocks lower than we would want.
In addition, group A platelets are vulnerable to peaks in demand or drops in collection.
We are currently able to supply to orders, with some need for substitution, and will remain at pre-Amber alert until at least 5 January 2023.
We are NOT asking you to implement your Emergency Blood Management Arrangements at this stage.
We ask for your continued support in: Optimising stock levels in accordance with the Blood Stocks Management Scheme stock level guidance (new red cell guidance issued in August); Implementing the actions in the National Blood Transfusion Committee’s shortage plans; Ensuring best transfusion practice is implemented and maintained, in accordance with NICE Blood Transfusion Quality Standard, including: use of tranexamic acid prior to major surgery; appropriate treatment of iron deficiency anaemia with oral or intravenous iron; single unit red cell transfusions if not actively bleeding or on a transfusion programme; Accepting substitutions, for example, take a proportion of A D negative red cells instead of A D positive.
If you need any support or guidance, please contact your Hospital Customer Service Manager or Patient Blood Management Practitioner.