With a focus on providing quality care, the Transfusional Medicine Committee at Sainte-Justine UHC put forth a recommendation to introduce transfusion practice certification for all transfusion staff. Thereby, a transfusion practice training and certification program was implemented at Sainte-Justine UHC in 2005. We are the first hospital centre to have implemented a certification of such calibre. The program seeks to decrease the number of transfusion accidents and promote professional development among nursing staff. Certification applies to nurses, transfusion inhalotherapists, perfusionists and phlebotomists. Licensed Practical Nurses will be included next. With recertification taking place every two years, an internal study was conducted to evaluate the suitability of maintaining this program within our organization.
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