Criterion: Clinical governance and quality improvement to support blood management
Organisation-wide governance and quality improvement systems are used to ensure safe and high-quality care of patients’ own blood, and to ensure that blood product requirements are met.
This criterion requires organisation-wide governance, leadership and commitment to support blood management.
To meet this criterion, health service organisations are required to:
- Apply safety and quality systems to support timely and appropriate blood management
- Use quality improvement systems to monitor, review and improve blood management
- Apply principles of partnering with consumers when designing and implementing blood
This criterion aligns closely with the Clinical Governance Standard and the Partnering with Consumers Standard.
Safety and quality governance arrangements for blood and blood products may be embedded within, or managed as an adjunct to, broader safety and quality governance arrangements. Regardless of the approach, safety and quality governance arrangements for blood and blood products are required.