Haemovigilance in a general university hospital: need for a more comprehensive classification and a codification of transfusion-related events

Siegenthaler, M.A.; Schneider, P.; Vu, D-H.; Tissot, J-D.

Vox Sanguinis 88(1): 22-30

2005


ISSN/ISBN: 0042-9007
PMID: 15663719
DOI: 10.1111/j.1423-0410.2005.00559.x
Accession: 012138274

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Abstract
Background and Objectives The purpose of this study was to analyse the transfusion-related events recorded in a general university hospital. Materials and Methods The method we used was retrospective analysis of the data collected between 1999 and 2003. Results The incidence of transfusion reactions (n = 394) was 4.19 per 1000 blood products distributed: 59% (n = 231) were febrile non-haemolytic transfusion reactions; 22% (n = 88) were caused by allergy; 5% (n = 21) were caused by bacterial infection; and 14% (n = 54) were classified as other reactions. Platelet concentrates gave rise to a significantly greater number of reactions than erythrocyte concentrates and fresh-frozen plasma. Transfusion errors and near-miss events were also observed and were analysed separately. A series of transfusion-related events, such as haemosiderosis, metabolic disturbances or volume overload, were not reported. Conclusions Our experience prompts us to propose a more comprehensive classification and codification of transfusion-related events.

Haemovigilance in a general university hospital: need for a more comprehensive classification and a codification of transfusion-related events