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Laboratory errors in transfusion

Anne Lockhart and Nicola Swarbrick explain the results in the latest annual Serious Hazards of Transfusion report.

Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) is the United Kingdom’s independent, professionally led haemovigilance scheme. Since 1996, SHOT has collected and analysed anonymised information reported in the UK about serious adverse reactions and other serious adverse events related to blood transfusion. For the first time in 2021, SHOT saw 100% of UK NHS trusts/health boards that are registered to report to SHOT submit reports. In addition to this, there were 19 non-NHS organisations that submitted 49 reports in 2021.

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