THE CLINICAL USE OF BLOOD HANDBOOK provides a handy guide to
the appropriate use of blood and blood products for prescribers of
blood at all levels of the healthcare system. It is designed to provide
a quick reference to transfusion, particularly when an urgent clinical
decision is required. It summarizes key information from a more
extensive module of learning material: The clinical Use of Blood Manual.

handbook introduces the principles of the appropriate use of blood and
blood products and outlines the characteristics and indications for use
of intravenous replacement fluids, whole blood, blood components and
plasma derivatives. It provides a detailed guide to clinical
transfusion procedures and the recognition and management of
transfusion reactions. Comprehensive guidance is given on transfusion
and alternatives to transfusion in the areas of general medicine,
obstetrics, paediatrics and neonatology, surgery and anaesthesia,
trauma and acute surgery, and burns. Key points, tables and algorithms
are highlighted for easy reference and a comprehensive index is