NZBS manages the Blood Banks in six of New Zealands largest hospitals between them responsible for the major proportion of the countrys pretransfusion testing.
The international transfusion literature have shown that labelling errors and misidentification associated with pretransfusion samples significantly increases the risk of transfusion errors, particularly transfusion of incompatible or wrong blood.
To assist those collecting sample, NZBS has produced a 'Sample Collection Manual' which provides important information regarding the sample requirements for Blood Bank and Reference Laboratory tests.
NZBS Sample Collection Manual (136I120) (pdf, 531 KB)
You may need to download Adobe Reader to view the PDF files. It is available free from the Adobe site (external link) .
If you wish to contact one of the Blood Banks directly, this can be done via the respective District Health Board switch board. (external link)