Using Blood Wisely: COVID-19 Resources

In times like these, conserving blood is critical to ensuring this vital health care resource is available for those who need it most.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Using Blood Wisely campaign has released resources relevant to conserving blood products during this time. These resources are part of a larger campaign that will be launching at a later date.

See the below resources on reducing unnecessary use of blood products to help conserve the supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conserving Blood Poster

Download this poster that includes Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations on reducing unnecessary red blood cell transfusions.

Download Poster


The guidelines below include recommendations for red blood cells, platelets, and plasma transfusion for adults.

Download Guidelines

Order Set Template

Please use or adapt the order set template below for red blood cells, platelets, and frozen plasma.

Download Order Set Template

Prospective Order Screening

Below are links to regional examples of standard operating procedures and other resources such as job aids and process flows for prospective order screening.

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about, or participate in the future work of the Using Blood Wisely initiative, let us know and we’ll get in touch.

Get Involved

Blood Stewardship Success Story

If your hospital has a blood stewardship success story, please share it with us to help inform the design and rollout of the Using Blood Wisely initiative. Click below to send us a brief description of the initiative and its outcomes.

Share Your Story

Other Helpful Links for Transfusion During COVID-19