Quality Systems

Quality systems for blood management in NSW include accreditation under the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme, using data for improvement and management of transfusion related incidents.

National Safety and Quality Healthcare Service (NSQHS) Blood Management Standard

Blood Watch supports implementation of the NSQHS Blood Management within NSW facilities.

Data for improvement

The NSQHS Blood management Standard requires monitoring of key areas of clinical practice. Blood Watch has developed the following QARS sample questionnaires to monitor practice and identify opportunities for improvement to meet the Blood Management Standard.

QARS questionnaires

  • PBM Module 2 – Perioperative Questionnaire ID 5666
  • PBM Module 3 - Medical Questionnaire ID 5667
  • NSW Transfusion Documentation QARS Audit Questionnaire ID 5663
  • More modules are under development

CEC resources

Haemovigilance and ims+

"Haemovigilance is a set of surveillance procedures covering the entire transfusion chain, from the donation and processing of blood and its components, to their provision and transfusion to patients and their follow-up."&1

Haemovigilance is required to identify and prevent occurrence or recurrence of transfusion-related unwanted events, to increase the safety, efficacy and efficiency of blood transfusion, covering all activities of the transfusion chain from donor to recipient.

In Australia, the National Blood Authority (NBA) is responsible for the reporting and governance frameworks for the National Haemovigilance Program. It reports on serious transfusion-related adverse events occurring in public and private hospitals.

NSW Health data on haemovigilance is collated from the NSW incident management system, ims+. The Blood Watch team collates and analyses this data annually, identifying risks and opportunities to improve care at the system level.


  1. World Health Organization.