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Blood transfusion data and reports

Published on 01 February 2019

Studying information on the clinical use of blood components allows us to better understand the demand for blood components and how demand changes over time.

That helps blood collection programmes make adjustments to maintain supplies and helps us make sure that blood donations are used most effectively to meet patient need.

In Scotland up-to-date national information on the use of blood components is provided by the Account for Blood (AfB) data mart and the Scottish Transfusion Epidemiology Database (STED).

This automated system securely collects systematic, validated data from hospital blood banks laboratory information systems (LIMS) on blood component stock and how components are used.

Collated, linked and stored in our corporate data warehouse, data is available from January 2009.

Data reports

We use the data to produce a series of reports for hospital blood banks and clinical teams that set out local (compared with national) blood use. We apply the Information Service Division (ISD) Statistical Disclosure Control Protocol when generating and releasing reports.

We can also provide age and gender specific transfusion rates for geographically defined populations and information on the clinical context in which blood components are used. 

How to request data

You can get in touch with details of your request by email:

You can also request bespoke data on various aspects of blood use.

All request for information, data or reports from the AfB system must be documented in writing and are logged.

If you need data or reports for research purpose, you’ll need to provide proof of ethics and research governance approvals, and funding arrangements.

As a condition of fulfilling the request, you or your organisation must acknowledge SNBTS as the source of the information in any publication, presentation or report where the information.

Regular reports

We produce a series of reports providing information on local blood use. We produce and generate in line with the Information Service Division (ISD) Statistical Disclosure Control Protocol.

You can request reports by email:

Scottish Transfusion Epidemiology Database (STED) reports

Surgical speciality reports

An annual report for health boards and surgical specialists. It contains blood use by procedure type and comparisons to previous year and between centres.

Surgical reports

An annual report for health boards and surgical teams.  It contains top 10 red cell using surgical procedures in hospitals and comparisons with similar hospitals.

Account for Blood (AfB) data mart reports

Stock activity report: Plasma

A monthly report for blood bank managers outlining the fate of plasma components.

Stock activity report: Red blood cells (RBC) and platelets

A monthly report for blood bank managers outlining the fate of red cell and platelet components.

Emergency blood management arrangements (EBMA) report

A monthly report for health boards and blood bank managers. It contains information on red cell booked in, expired and discarded by month with RAG status.

Homologous transfusion report

A quarterly report for health boards and blood bank managers. It contains national and board figures for homologous transfusion of red cells and platelets by quarter.

Blood bank stock snapshot

A daily report for our staff. It contains components in stock, broken down by hospital blood bank.

Future developments

We’re developing an interactive dashboard to help you access and use our data, giving authorised users the opportunity to engage with our data.