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|CDC to monitor adverse blood transfusions|
|News - Web Update - 2010-03 - March|
|Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:56|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the first national surveillance system to monitor and track adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions, the agency announced last week.
The CDC's new Hemovigilance Module is part of the National Health Safety Network, the larger Internet-based surveillance system that tracks healthcare-associated infection data. The module was created in collaboration with the AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks, an international association representing organizations involved in transfusion and cellular therapies. The module is being piloted in 9 US facilities and soon will be available nationwide.
With the new blood transfusion tracking system, the CDC can better assess how to prevent reactions to blood products, medical errors, and process problems, along with other adverse transfusion events. The module will have standardized definitions and criteria for categorizing and reporting adverse blood transfusion events.
Healthcare facilities and hospitals nationwide are invited to join the system. They can submit their data confidentially to the Hemovigilance Module and review and compare their data with those from other facilities. The CDC and AABB will also review the data. The module will be free to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Training and ongoing support also will be provided at no cost to the facilities.
"Healthcare facilities that join the Hemovigilance Module will now have a yardstick by which to measure their current safety initiatives and their future efforts," said Dan Pollock, MD, chief of the branch that leads CDC's National Health Safety Network. "Through this system, healthcare facilities can also see how their performance stacks up to similar facilities nationwide, with a goal of designing the best processes to protect patients' health and reduce healthcare costs."
More information can be found on the CDC's Web site.