Study supports nurse-led home blood transfusions

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The transition from hospitals to home care is expected to continue, demonstrating the safe implementation of regular blood transfusions in homes and geriatric care facilities.

Joint research including University of South Australia, Royal District Nursing Services (RDNS) and SA Health Over a 15-year period, we surveyed 1790 blood transfusions in 533 patients in South Australian homes and geriatric care facilities.

Survey of main survey results:

  • The system used to deliver blood products to patients was efficient and safe.

  • Adverse reactions occurred in less than 1% of cases. No reaction was serious and could be managed by a registered nurse.

  • The setting (including geriatric care facilities), the gender and age of the patient did not affect the risk of side effects, not the barrier to receiving blood transfusions at home.

According to UniSA’s lead investigators, the study overwhelmingly supports home transfusions in medically stable patients. Dr. Rebecca Sharp..

“Hospitals can be marginalized and strange places for the elderly, especially those with dementia,” said Dr. Sharp. “It would be better for qualified patients if trained nurses could go home and transfuse according to strict procedures.”

Lisa Turner, co-author of the study and director of RDNS National Nursing, said the study is an evidence-based promotion to support future care by responding to the growing trend of healthcare provided by RDNS at home rather than in the hospital. He emphasized that he is leading the power.

“Blood transfusions are not an easy procedure. Our nurses are highly trained and have special skills to safely transfuse people’s homes,” says Turner. “RDNS is one of the few providers in Australia that can do this on any scale, a testament to the expertise of nurses.

“We can safely transfuse at home, which has the added benefit of reducing the burden on hospitals and public health systems by freeing up beds and resources. [be] Redirected to another life-saving emergency. “

The authors of the study welcome the transition of health care from hospitals to homes because the strategy is cost-effective, maintains beds, and better supports patient well-being. The work is published in Clinical Nursing Journal..

Link to original article posted June 15, 2021 |


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