Annual haemovigilance report
If you would like a printed copy of the current annual report please contact the National Haemovigilance Office.
NZBS publishes an annual report each year. The publication of the first annual haemovigilance report for New Zealand in 2005 was a significant milestone for both NZBS and the wider health sector. The report provided information on the adverse events associated with transfusion in New Zealand. This and subsequent annual reports will assist health professionals to better understand the risks associated with transfusion and to communicate these better to potential recipients.
During the last few years considerable efforts have been devoted to gaining support for the haemovigilance initiative in New Zealand. Haemovigilance schemes provide an opportunity to both understand the type and frequency of adverse events linked to transfusion. Information from similar schemes in other countries has shown that a proportion of adverse events are avoidable. These events generally result from breakdown in the complex systems used to deliver blood products to patients. Data obtained from the haemovigilance programme in New Zealand therefore provides an opportunity to review and improve these systems and in doing so increase the overall safety profile of transfusion.
NZBS collects a wide range of data, which are considered under the umbrella of haemovigilance. In addition to transfusion-related events these include data on the number of donations collected, number of components transfused, wastage and outdating of components, bacterial monitoring of platelets, reporting of adverse reactions to fractionated products, donor-related incidents, donor infectious disease epidemiology amongst others. This information is provided in the annual reports.
The ability to produce an annual report requires support from all those many individuals, including doctors, nurses and laboratory staff, involved in the transfusion of blood products to patients. NZBS is very appreciative of the time and effort that these individuals have given to ensuring the success of the initiative.
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