Blood Transfusion and Consent Scenario

In this micro skills course you are going to meet a patient called Agnes. You will follow her journey focusing on learning objectives relating to blood transfusion and consent, as well as relevant objectives covering record keeping and risk management. The micro skills course allows you to focus on key professional skills that you will need in your role as a Foundation Doctor. 

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
NHS Health Education England

What will I learn?

  1. Assess whether it is appropriate for the patient to receive a blood/blood component transfusion or an alternative
  2. Carry out positive patient identification process and correctly label samples
  3. Ensure that all the relevant details are included in the requesting procedure
  4. Authorise blood components safely in accordance with the guidelines/protocols
  5. Take samples correctly according to best practice (i.e. from an appropriate site and ensuring correct order of sample draw on multiple requests)
  6. Ensure patient safety through an understanding of basic ABO serology
  7. Take appropriate action in an emergency where a transfusion is required
  8. Complete the initial actions required to manage an adverse reaction/event
  9. Apply a knowledge of when consent is required and follow good practice for implied, oral and written consent gained in a timely manner
  10. Give full and accurate information to enable a patient to make an informed decision concerning consent and only take consent for procedures that you are competent to undertake
  11. Assess when an adult’s refusal of consent is the result of lack of capacity to make that decision
  12. Act on advice from relatives, carers, friends, welfare attorney, court appointed welfare deputies or independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA) where a patient lacks capacity
  13. Consult appropriately when making best interests decisions for adults lacking capacity
  14. Follow the process for reporting incidents
  15. Apply learning from safety incidents
  16. Apply the Caldicott principles when making decisions on sharing information
  17. Keep clinical records that ensure the Trust is able to comply with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018), Data Protection Act (2018) and the Freedom of Information Act (2000) within their area of competence.

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.