Canadian Blood Services supports best practices in transfusion medicine through the development of educational resources. Written by subject-matter experts from across Canada, our transfusion medicine resources support clinical practice and help health-care professionals stay current in an ever-changing field.
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New online Visual Inspection Tool now available for all personnel who handle blood components for transfusion
The Visual Inspection Tool is a bench-level tool that depicts variations in the typical appearance of blood components. It includes photos and descriptions of conditions and characteristics that may be associated with a change in the appearance of red blood cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate.
This Tool is designed to be used in conjunction with other required protocols or work instructions for the visual inspection of blood components and replaces the Visual Assessment Guide. The Visual Inspection Tool may be viewed on a desktop or mobile device (not intended for printing). French translation of the new VIT is underway.