Paediatric Subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion and Haemovigilance Working Parties


To promote best practice, safe transfusion and blood conservation for neonates and children, through advocacy, educational resources and international collaboration.

Substantial variability in practice exists in clinical transfusion, patient blood management and blood conservation in paediatrics. Neonates and children are frequently transfused patient populations, yet they are relatively under-represented in clinical trials and the evidence-base to guide practice is limited. A number of clinical practices are extrapolated from the results of adult studies. Yet neonates and children have unique pathophysiology, specific vulnerabilities and different risk profiles compared to adult transfusion recipients. A disproportionate number of transfusion adverse events are reported in the neonatal and paediatric age groups. Any adverse outcome related to transfusion is particularly important in these young recipients, as most are anticipated to live for many years post transfusion. Transfusion decision making in paediatrics needs to consider the potential risks and benefits of a transfusion and any alternatives to transfusion.


The Paediatrics subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion and Haemovigilance working parties of ISBT is an international group of professionals with an interest in neonatal and paediatric transfusion medicine and transfusion safety. Our objectives are to develop educational tools and resources, create a network that promotes the sharing knowledge, research and ideas, as well as act as a forum for discussion. 


We meet at the biannual ISBT congress and hold regular teleconferences (2-3 times per year).

Joining the WP

To join the Paediatric Subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion and Haemovigilance working parties, you must be a member of either the Clinical Transfusion Working Party or the Haemovigilance Working Party. Working party members with an interest in neonatal or paediatric transfusion medicine or neonatal or paediatric transfusion safety and haemovigilance can apply to join the subgroup. We are keen to encourage members from a broad range of disciplines including scientific, nursing, clinical haematology, paediatrics, neonatology and transfusion medicine. 

Interested in joining the Paediatric Subgroup of the Clinical Transfusion and Haemovigilance working parties? Please email our Chairperson here



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Paeds meeting in Toronto

Paeds speakers in Toronto

  1. International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG) International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines ICTMG
  2. ICTMG Fetal and Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia Guideline 2019 Lieberman, Greinacher, Murphy, Bussel, Bakchoul, Corke, Kjaer, Kjeldsen‐Kragh, Bertrand, Oepkes, Baker, Hume, Massey, Kaplan, Arnold, Baidya, Ryan, Savoia, Landry, Shehata British Journal of Haematology
  3. Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostats and Thrombosis (NATA) Patient Blood Management for Neonates and Children Undergoing Cardiac Surgery Guideline, 2019 David Faraoni, Jens Meier, Helen V. New, Philippe J. Van der Linden, Beverley J. Hunt Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anastesia
  1. Provider trends in paediatric and adult transfusion reaction reportingVossoughi S, Parker- Jones S, Schwartz J, Stotler BVox Sanguinis, 2019 Apr; 114 (3): 232 – 236
  2. Approaches to understanding and interpreting the risks of red blood cell transfusion in neonatesKeir AK, New H, Robitaille N, Crighton GL, Wood EM, Stanworth SJTransfusion Medicine 2019 Aug;29(4):231-238. doi: 10.1111/tme.12575. Epub 2019 Jan 21.
  3. Analysis of pediatric adverse reactions to transfusionsVossoughi S, Perez G, Whitaker BI, Fung MK, Stotler B Transfusion, 2018, Jan; 58 (1): 60 – 69
  4. Transfusion-associated circulatory overload in a pediatric intensive care unit: different incidences with different diagnostic criteriaDe Cloedt L, Emeriaud G, Lefebvre E, Kleiber N, Robitaille N, Jarlot C, Lacroix J, Gauvin F Transfusion, 2018 Apr; 58 (4): 1037 – 1044
  5. Transfusion reactions in pediatric compared with adult patients: a look at rate, reaction type, and associated productsOakley FD, Woods M, Arnold S, Young PPTransfusion, 2015 Marl 55 (3): 560 – 570


Ruchika Goel

Ruchika Goel


Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU
Springfield, IL