Hemovigilance: An Effective Tool for Improving Transfusion Safety

  • ISBN 9780470655276
  • Author: Rene R. P. de Vries
  • Publ Date: 2012-08-31
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Hemovigilance is a "quality process" which aims to improvequality and increase safety of blood transfusion, by surveying allactivities of the blood transfusion chain, from donors torecipients.

Hemovigilance programmes have now been in existence for over 15years, but many countries and centers are still at the developmentstage. This valuable resource brings together the main elements ofsuch programmes and shows the different types of models available.A general introduction includes Chapters on hemovigilance as aquality tool for transfusion as well as concepts of and models forhemovigilance. The core of the book describes how Hemovigilancesystems have been set up and how they work in hospitals, bloodestablishments, and at a national level. These Chapters are writtenaccording to a structured template: products and processes,documentation of jobs, monitoring and assessment, implementationand evaluation of measures for improvement, education andtraining. Chapters on Hemovigilance at the Internationallevel, Achievements and new developments complete the picture.

Hemovigilance is above all a practical guide to setting up andimproving hemovigilance systems, whilst raising awareness forreporting 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 transfusionprocess.

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