Diligently measuring transfusion and donation outcomes
The Blood Services in South Africa participate in a formal haemovigilance program. Information is gathered from reports on adverse events associated with blood transfusion and blood donation. The data is analysed and the results are distributed through the annual haemovigilance report. Its aim is to enable the Blood Service and clinicians to improve blood transfusion and donation safety. Reporting adverse reactions is mandatory for the success of the program.
The haemovigilance report provides useful information about transfusion adverse events, look-back investigations and donor adverse events.