Chapter 22. Medicolegal Aspects of Transfusion Practice

  1. Michael F. Murphy MD, FRCP, FRCPath Professor Consultant Haematologist3,4 and
  2. Derwood H. Pamphilon MD, MRCPCH, FRCP, FRCPath Consultant Haematologist Honorary Clinical Reader5,6
  1. Patricia E. Hewitt FRCP, FRCPath Consultant Specialist1,2

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444311761.ch22

Practical Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition

Practical Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition

How to Cite

Hewitt, P. E. (2009) Medicolegal Aspects of Transfusion Practice, in Practical Transfusion Medicine, Third Edition (eds M. F. Murphy and D. H. Pamphilon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311761.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

  2. 4

    NHS Blood and Transplant and Department of Haematology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

  3. 5

    NHS Blood and Transplant, Bristol, UK

  4. 6

    Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    NHS Blood and Transplant, London, UK

  2. 2

    University Hospitals Bristol, NHS Foundation Trust Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181969

Online ISBN: 9781444311761



  • medicolegal aspects of transfusion practice;
  • code of ethics;
  • uniformity and process control;
  • labile blood components;
  • medicines act;
  • consumer protection act;
  • Bolam principle;
  • vaccine damage payment scheme


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ethical principles

  • Quality guidelines

  • Regulatory framework in the UK

  • Duty of care

  • Consent to transfusion

  • Jehovah's Witnesses

  • Patient recourse

  • Key points

  • Further reading