Development of quality systems to improve the clinical use of blood : report on a WHO regional workshop, Groningen, Netherlands 29-31 October 2001
AbstractThe meeting brought together clinicians and blood transfusion centre professionals from 20 European countries. They shared experiences and outcomes in the clinical use of blood therapy in line with recent WHO guidelines and framework policies. They also reviewed the results of a pilot pan-European quality system using a basic information sheet (BIS), which allows data contributors anonymously to assess, compare and benchmark the quality of their own transfusion practice with that of others. Government representatives were also invited to consider their policies for improving the quality of clinical blood transfusion practice. Participants were updated on the essential principles of transfusion therapy, as well as on alternative strategies to reduce as much as possible overuse and misuse of allogeneic blood and blood products. In four parallel workshops, participants made practical recommendations on three important issues: the feasibility of using a BIS for inter-European data collection to improve the quality of clinical transfusion practice; the development of common European quality indicators; and an action plan for European implementation of WHO policies and proposed quality systems to improve transfusion therapy in clinical practice
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2002). Development of quality systems to improve the clinical use of blood : report on a WHO regional workshop, Groningen, Netherlands 29-31 October 2001. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107390
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