Victoria has the largest transfusion nurse program in Australia, with 16 positions funded in public health services across the state.
AHA was engaged by the Department to evaluate the transfusion nurse program in Victoria. To inform this evaluation a focus group, survey and interview was undertaken with transfusion nurses in Victoria. Findings were also informed by a comprehensive international literature review and consultations with a number of relevant hospital personnel and key stakeholders.
Outcomes from the evaluation of the transfusion nurse program included:
The role of the Transfusion Nurse is evolving as an integral part of efforts to optimise appropriate use of blood components, reduce procedural risks and improve transfusion practice generally.