UPDATE: Guidelines on the use of irradiated blood components

Please note: to those who have either viewed or downloaded this guideline that it has been published with a number of errors. It is in the process of undergoing finial revisions. The guideline will be taken down from BJHaem and BSH Guidelines pages. An updated final version will be published shortly. Please check the guidelines and news webpages for updates.

Commentary: Preventing transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease with blood component irradiation: indispensable guidance for a deadly disorder. 
Please note: As of Friday, August 28th this commentary is no longer available to view until the final version of the guideline is published.
To those who have either viewed or downloaded this commentary for the Guidelines on the use of irradiated blood components; that this commentary has been updated however, the previous version had included the recommendations which are now removed from the final guideline.

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Guidelines Session ASM Videos available for viewing

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The following presentations given during the Guidelines Session with link to the BSH Guideline are below:

Use of viscoelastic haemostatic assays in the management of major bleeding - Dr Nikki Curry

Diagnosis and therapy of genetic haemochromatosis - Dr Edward Fitzsimons

Use of hydroxycarbamide in children and adults with sickle cell disease - Dr Amrana Quereshi