Haematology

Pathogen inactivation of platelets: report of the SaBTO working group – The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) [UK] – 28 April 2014

Posted on April 29, 2014. Filed under: Haematology |

Pathogen inactivation of platelets: report of the SaBTO working group – The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) [UK] – 28 April 2014

“The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) has looked at the risk of bacterial or viral infection being transmitted through a platelet transfusion, and the measures currently in place to prevent it. A platelet transfusion is generally used to treat, or prevent, the effects of serious blood loss.

SaBTO reviewed the clinical safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ‘pathogen inactivation systems’ for platelets which have become available, in comparison to the measures already being used.

The report details the reasons why SaBTO concluded that it does not currently recommend the introduction of pathogen inactivation of platelets for UK blood services.”

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Blood Regulations – Canada – 23 October 2013

Posted on October 25, 2013. Filed under: Haematology |

Blood Regulations – Canada – 23 October 2013

“Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the adoption of new blood regulations.

“Having, for the first time, a stand-alone set of blood safety regulations will enable Canada to respond more rapidly to emerging diseases, nation-wide blood shortages and fast-changing technologies, all the while ensuring that Canadians continue to have access to one of the safest blood supplies in the world,” said Minister Ambrose. “This is an important step and contribution to Canada’s healthcare system on both a national and international scale.”

The new Blood Regulations were developed after extensive consultations with the public, stakeholders, provincial and territorial governments, Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec. Having stand-alone regulations specific to blood and its components will serve to strengthen pre-existing requirements related to donor suitability assessment, collection, testing, labelling, storage, distribution, and importation. The regulations will officially come into force in one year to allow establishments to meet the new requirements.”

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Patient self-monitoring of oral anticoagulation therapy: Advice Statement 007/12 – Healthcare Improvement Scotland – 11 July 2013

Posted on August 2, 2013. Filed under: Haematology, Patient Safety, Pharmacy | Tags: |

Patient self-monitoring of oral anticoagulation therapy: Advice Statement 007/12 – Healthcare Improvement Scotland – 11 July 2013

“Is patient self-monitoring (including self-testing and self-management) of oral anticoagulation therapy safe, efficacious and cost-effective?”

 

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Right blood, right patient, right time. RCN guidance for improving transfusion practice – Royal College of Nursing – April 2013

Posted on April 26, 2013. Filed under: Haematology, Nursing | Tags: , |

Right blood, right patient, right time. RCN guidance for improving transfusion practice – Royal College of Nursing – April 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908782-41-0

 

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Service improvement in blood sciences – NHS Improvement Diagnostics – January 2013

Posted on February 5, 2013. Filed under: Haematology, Pathology | Tags: |

Service improvement in blood sciences – NHS Improvement Diagnostics – January 2013

“How to improve quality, delivery and efficiency for laboratory providers and their customers”

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NHS Blood and Transplant Commercial Review – 18 October 2011

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Haematology |

NHS Blood and Transplant Commercial Review – 18 October 2011

“The attached report relates to a commercial review of functions of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).The review considered ways to deliver better value for public money through improvement in the quality and cost effectiveness of the service being provided. By reducing costs NHSBT would then be able to release money that would be invested in patient care.”

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CDC to Monitor Reactions and Errors Associated with Blood Transfusions – 18 February 2010

Posted on February 22, 2010. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Haematology, Pathology, Patient Safety | Tags: , , |

CDC to Monitor Reactions and Errors Associated with Blood Transfusions – 18 February 2010

Extracts from the CDC press release:

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched the first national surveillance system to monitor adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions. CDC is encouraging healthcare facilities across the country to enroll in this new surveillance system, which was designed to improve patient safety.

By having a coordinated national network, CDC can summarize national data to understand better how to prevent adverse transfusion events such as reactions to blood products, medical errors, and process problems. The system, called the Hemovigilance Module, is part of CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). NHSN is an Internet-based surveillance system that allows healthcare-associated infection data to be tracked and analyzed to allow CDC and healthcare facilities to maximize prevention efforts. The Hemovigilance Module was developed by CDC in collaboration with AABB, an international association representing organizations involved in transfusion and cellular therapies.”  …..

“Hospitals will submit data confidentially to CDC through the Hemovigilance Module. CDC will review the national data in collaboration with AABB and other partners to help identify ways to improve the safety of blood transfusion. Previously, transfusion-related events were monitored by facilities on their own. Now, hospitals that join the Hemovigilance Module will have access to standardized data analysis tools, as well as an opportunity to see how their data compare to other hospitals throughout the United States.”  …

“CDC provides the module at no cost to hospitals and healthcare facilities. The agency also provides participating facilities with training and ongoing user support at no cost to the facilities.”

For more information, please visit the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) .

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Mapping out the consequences of screening blood donations for PrPSc – UK Department of Health 17 February 2009

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Haematology, Infectious Diseases |

Mapping out the consequences of screening blood donations for PrPSc

Document type:      Report
Author:                  Peter Bennett and Stephen Dobra, Health Protection Analytical Team, UK Department of Health
Published date:      17 February 2009
Pages:                  34

This report sets out the implications of testing blood donations for abnormal prion protein, which indicate infection with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD). It considers the potential consequences of a screening test for donors, for the safety and supply of blood, and for subsequent precautions against further transmission of vCJD.

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