Hemovigilance: An Effective Tool for Improving Transfusion Safety

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René R. P. De Vries, Jean-Claude Faber
John Wiley & Sons, Jul 17, 2012 - Medical - 392 pages

* Hemovigilance is a "quality process" which aims to improve quality and increase safety of blood transfusion, by surveying all activities of the blood transfusion chain, from donors to recipients.

Hemovigilance programmes have now been in existence for over 15 years, but many countries and centers are still at the development stage. This valuable resource brings together the main elements of such programmes and shows the different types of models available. A general introduction includes Chapters on hemovigilance as a quality tool for transfusion as well as concepts of and models for hemovigilance. The core of the book describes how Hemovigilance systems have been set up and how they work in hospitals, blood establishments, and at a national level. These Chapters are written according to a structured template: products and processes, documentation of jobs, monitoring and assessment, implementation and evaluation of measures for improvement, education and training. Chapters on Hemovigilance at the International level, Achievements and new developments complete the picture.

Hemovigilance is above all a practical guide to setting up and improving hemovigilance systems, whilst raising awareness for reporting adverse events and reactions.

This is the first international book on hemovigilance, assembling all the vital issues in one definitive reference source - essential reading for all staff involved in the transfusion process.


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Transfusion reactions and incidents from 2003 up
Regulatory Public Health
Setting up and Implementation
Biovigilance in the United States
Arab Hemovigilance Network
Hemovigilance in
International Collaboration
Hemovigilance in Developing

Blood Components
Establishment of Hemovigilance
Medical Decision Ordering
Preparation of Blood Components
Testing Issuing and Transport
Clinical Activities Medical Decision
The French
The Japanese Hemovigilance
Setting up a National Hemovigilance
Achievements Through
Vigilance of Alternatives
Surveillance of Clinical
Hemovigilance in the future
critical gap in patient safety and donor health
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About the author (2012)

Professor René R.P. De Vries, Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands and President of the European Haemovigilance Network.

Dr Jean Claude Faber, Director of the Blood Transfusion Service, Luxembourg Red Cross, Luxembourg.
The editors are experts in the field of haemovigilance. Both are members of the Board of the International Haemovigilance Network (IHN) and of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Working Party on Haemovigilance.

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