Introduction to Blood Transfusion: from donor to recipient

In 2008 a book ‘’Introduction to Blood Transfusion Technology’’ written by Beryl Armstrong and four co-authors: Rob Wilkinson, Leesha Raman, Elizabeth Smart and Jon Hardwick was published as a special edition of the ISBT Science Series. This book has been invaluable to transfusion professionals all around the world, and has now been updated to include developments since the original edition. 

The 2020 update has been coordinated by Mindy Goldman, who has acted as editor and led an international team of reviewers, including two of the original authors, Beryl Armstrong and Rob Wilkinson. 

Some minor corrections were made in September 2022 in advance of printing hard copies, and Rob has written a new foreword to celebrate the life and acheivements of Beryl who sadly passed away in 2022.  The latest version is available below. 

The book includes 18 chapters that cover the whole blood transfusion chain. 

  1. Haematology
  2. Immunology
  3. Antigen-antibody reactions
  4. Principles of laboratory techniques
  5. Genetics
  6. Blood group systems
  7. Haemolytic disease
  8. Blood donors
  9. Blood collection
  10. Donation testing and transfusion transmissible diseases
  11. Blood processing and components
  12. Blood storage and transportation
  13. Compatibility testing
  14. Transfusion risks and haemovigilance
  15. Safety, health and the environment
  16. Quality
  17. Equipment and materials management
  18. Indications for transfusion of blood components



 Original Authors

Beryl Armstrong

Beryl Armstrong

Founding Director, Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT)

Rob Wilkinson

Rob Wilkinson

Accreditation Manager, Africa Society for Blood Transfusion, Knysna, South Africa

2020 Edition Editor

Mindy Goldman

Mindy Goldman

Chair of the SCE; Medical Director, Donation Policy and Studies, Canadian Blood Services

Chair of the Standing Committee of Ethics, member of the Haemovigilance Working Party, Medical Director, Donation Policy and Studies, Canadian Blood Services, Canada.

Former ISBT Regional Director North Americas (2018-2022).

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