21 Feb 2024

The BC Transfusion Practitioner Handbook

British Columbia Blood Coordinating Office (Canada) handbook for new TPs

Effective February 2023 the Clinical Transfusion Resource Manual (CTRM) has been retired and replaced with The BC Transfusion Practitioner Handbook. The handbook has been created for use by health care professionals who support the development and implementation of transfusion medicine best practices in the province of British Columbia. The term “Transfusion Practitioner” has been chosen to represent those holding similar roles in transfusion safety throughout BC, appreciating these individuals may have different clinical backgrounds and training. The objective of the handbook is to provide the resources necessary for a Transfusion Practitioner to develop their knowledge related to transfusion medicine, identify, and cultivate the specialized skills required for the role, and provide links to essential organizations. This handbook does not replace other Health Authority standards/procedures that the Transfusion Practitioner may also be required to follow.

Content at a Glance:

- Transfusion Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
- Foundational Knowledge
- Courses and Training
- Local Committees and Professional Organizations/Memberships
- The Canadian Blood System
- Provincial Blood Coordinating Offices
- Transfusion Medicine Standards and Regulations
- Guidance on Navigating Accreditation and Inspections
- Blood Utilization and Patient Blood Management
- Hemovigilance 
- Specialized Skills
- Common Abbreviations
- Glossary
- Additional Resources