Clinical Transfusion


promote good clinical transfusion practice globally through education, audits and scientific studies

Clinical transfusion comprises all clinical aspects of blood transfusion and promotes safe practice and appropriate use of blood (components). This includes both the risks and benefits of transfusion as well as close monitoring of patients. Patients should only be transfused when there is evidence for potential benefit. Occasionally, transfusion alternatives might be considered. In order to optimize patient care in need for blood transfusion, it is crucial to follow an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach. Patient Blood Management (PBM) comprises patient evaluation and clinical management surrounding this decision-making process. This includes application of appropriate indications, minimization of blood loss and optimization of patient red cells. PBM can reduce allogeneic blood transfusions and health-care costs, while ensuring that blood components are available for patients.




We develop educational tools in clinical transfusion medicine both for clinicians and transfusion specialists, medical and non-medical. We support ISBT's library of evidence-based guidelines, audits and perform benchmarks. We also exchange knowledge with other transfusion specialists for optimizing clinical transfusion practice.

We have the following subgroups:

  • 'Transfusion Indication Codes' (TIC, chaired by Mark Yazer) develops practical definitions that enable quantitative and comparative studies and audits between hospitals, regions and countries. 
  • Patient Blood Management (PBM, chaired by Cynthia So-Osman) provides tools for PBM implementation, eLearning, and performing global benchmark surveys.
  • 'Transfusion Practitioners' (TP, chaired by Linley Bielby and  Rachel Moss) provide a forum for transfusion practitioners to connect and share knowledge. The Transfusion Practitioners also have their own online discussion forum on the ISBT Forum. If you are interested in joining the forum, please email Bodine for more information.
  • Pediatric (Peds, chaired by Gemma Crighton). This subgroup (formerly the Pediatrics WP) provides tools for PBM implementation and eLearning regarding neonates and children.

Our Chairpersons are Cynthia So-Osman and Shubha Allard.




We meet at ISBT congresses and organize annual interim business meetings (located in Amsterdam) and teleconferences within the subgroups (2-3 times per year).

Joining the WP

ISBT members who are interested in clinical transfusion can join this WP only if they have demonstrated an interest in clinical transfusion medicine.

To join the WP of Clinical Transfusion, please email one of our Chairpersons here or here.



Transfusion Practitioners in Dubai



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Online course

The University Of Melbourne offers 2 transfusion based courses:
• Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations
• Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice.

Both are online courses offered by the University of Melbourne School Of Nursing and delivered under the auspice of the Blood Matters Program, a collaboration between the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and The Department of Health.

Each course is offered part time over one semester. The Specialist Certificate is offered in Semester one and is a pre-requisite for the Graduate Certificate which is delivered in Semester 2.

Semester 1
• Foundations in Blood Management (25 credit points)
This subject provides an introduction to the concepts of patient blood management (PBM), & National Safety and Quality HealthCare Standards relating to blood. The subject supports the development of specific skills, and provides information to assist health services to meet these standards.

Upon successful completion the student will obtain a Specialist Certificate in Blood Management Foundations from the University of Melbourne.

Semester 2
• Advanced Concepts in Blood Management (12.5 credit points)
This subject builds on the knowledge and expertise gained in the Foundations in Blood Management subject to provide advanced knowledge of relevant clinical practice guidelines and PBM strategies.

•Quality Practice Portfolio (12.5 points)
This is a practical subject that embeds prior learnings by facilitating the application of knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.

Upon successful completion the student will obtain a Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Practice from the University of Melbourne.

For more information click here. Or click here to access the flyer.

Patient Blood Management - a great Resource

A project group from our Clincial Transfusion WP has developed a website resource around key aspects of Patient Blood Management (PBM) which is available on the ISBT website. PBM is an international initiative promoting an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach at optimising the care of patients who might need transfusion. The key principles entail the appropriate use of blood and blood components only when indicated with the timely use of alternatives where appropriate and available. Various PBM topics will be covered and various training materials are included with links to support implementation.

Chapters 1-5 are freely accessible, login to access the complete resource.


Cynthia So-Osman

Cynthia So-Osman


Sanquin Blood Supply
Leiden, the Netherlands

Shubha Allard

Shubha Allard


Barts Health
NHS Blood & Transplant
London, UK