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The National Haemovigilance Office continues to support transfusion education for hospital based Haemovigilance Officers and staff involved in the transfusion process. Support is also provided for nursing and laboratory science students.

Degree Level Modules

NHO in partnership with Dublin City University (DCU).


The partnership between the National Haemovigilance Office (NHO) at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) and School of Nursing at the Faculty of Science and Health at Dublin City University (DCU) has enabled the provision of stand-alone professional development modules in blood transfusion and haemovigilance since 2004.

The NHO working with DCU will is delighted to inform you of the successful development of a new 10 credit level 8 haemovigilance module.This module is aimed at practitioners with an interest in haemovigilance and blood transfusion practice. This new module includes many of the subject areas previously covered in the previous three modules: NS 447, NS448 and NS 449, which will now become inactive.

The module has been designed to be delivered in the National Blood Centre at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service over a period of 5 days in of two distinct study blocks.  This approach aims to facilitate work- life balance of students’ and delivery by subject area specialists working in haemovigilance and blood transfusion practice.   All teaching will be carried out by medical consultants, medical scientists and nurses educated to at least MSc level.

Post-graduate module in Haemovigilance in Dublin City University  2015

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the NHO are now unable to deliver the stand alone module: Haemovigilance in Practice during Semester One 2015. We understand this is very disappointing for interested applicants but unfortunately it is beyond the control of the NHO. Thank you  to all  who expressed an interest and the NHO apologizes for any disappointment or inconvenience.

Dublin City University must be contacted directly regarding registration: Faculty of Science and Health, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 tel: +353 (0) 1 7008975, e-mail:

E Learning

E-Learning News: Laboratory Module.

Transfusion Laboratory - Safe Practice, a revised version of Module 1 Safe Transfusion Practice for Laboratories, has been launched on LearnPro NHS.

This module has been significantly reworked and now contains 6 individual units. It offers a comprehensive learning experience for all staff involved in the laboratory transfusion process. Attached is an information sheet giving an overview of the module and learning objectives

Learn Cell Salvage

Learn Cell Salvage Module is available to learners on the learnPro NHS platform(please see attached flyer).

This module is designed to increase your awareness of a range of blood conservation techniques. In particular you will develop an increased understanding of intraoperative cell salvage (ICS) and postoperative cell salvage (PCS).

The module is targetted at all relevant disciplines working in theatres e.g., ODP, theatre nurses, CSWs (theatre), clinical perfusionists, dedicated cell salvage operators, all grades of anaesthestists and surgeons

General Information on E Learning

The Better Blood Transfusion Continuing Education Programme (BBCEP) was developed by the Effective Use of Blood (EUB) Group of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. This is web based programme  is provided by LearnProNHS  and offers 6 options:

·Good Manufacturing Practice for Hospital Blood Banks: covers professional and legislative requirements and standards for blood transfusion practice.

· Module 1-Safe Transfusion for Paediatrics: aims to promote safe transfusion practice for health care workers involved in the care of paediatric patients.

· Module 1-Safe Transfusion Practice: is designed for all health care workers involved in the administration of blood components.

· Module 1 -Safe Transfusion Practice (Lab): aims to promote safe transfusion practice through the provision of information on the role of the hospital transfusion laboratory in promoting best practice.

· Module 2-Blood Component Use: covers the indications for use of the various blood components, the risks, possible complications, and the management of adverse reactions. It is aimed at practitioners who regularly use blood components in clinical practice.

· Module 3 – Appropriate Transfusion Practice: is for specialist registrars and doctors and nurses who are regularly involved in blood transfusion practice.

Each module has several units, and is supported by self-directed learning materials, links to additional resources, and a helpdesk. The patient scenarios provide learners with interactive learning, and address various aspects of transfusion practice such as, triggers for transfusion, informed consent and alternatives to transfusion.

Self-directed learning packs, face-to-face learning content, guidelines and hyperlinks to additional materials supplement the programme content. There are assessments for each module except Module 3: Appropriate Transfusion Practice which consists of four scenarios involving the management of patients requiring blood components. The e-learning programme can be accessed at: 

Access to the site is funded by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service. Roll out of the elearning programme is ongoing and is co-ordinated from the NHO. For more information contact the NHO at

See further information on IT requirements, user manuals and tips on E Learning here.


National Haemovigilance Office Open days

All newly appointed hospital based Haemovigilance Officers are invited to attend an induction training programme run once a year by the NHO in the National Blood Centre.

Among the topics covered on this day are:

  • Reporting of Serious Adverse Events/Reactions
  • Hospital Based Haemovigilance
  • Clinical Issues
  • Quality Issues
  • Clinical Audit
  • Guidance on developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)

If you are newly appointed and working in haemovigilance and would like to attend an upcoming Open Day , please contact the office at

National Blood Centre, James's Street, Dublin 8.       Tel: 00 353 1 4322800       Fax: 00 353 1 4322930