Readmission for Top-Up Transfusion


Reviewed by David Knight
Clinical Guidelines Back Newborn Services Home Page

Occasionally, a baby will need a top-up blood transfusion after discharge from NICU or PIN. These procedures are elective, and the decision will usually be made by the specialist.

  1. Discuss the timing of admission with the Clinical Charge Nurse.
  2. Arrange for blood to be available
  3. The baby is admitted to a side room on NICU as a day case. Admissions should be arranged so that the transfusion is completed during the day.
  4. Babies who are unwell and/or have possible infections are not to be readmitted to NICU. If such a baby needs a top-up transfusion, this should be arranged with Starship.