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1.  Turbid plasma donations: Need for quantification 
PMCID: PMC4140067  PMID: 25161342
3.  Hemovigilance Program–India 
A centralized hemovigilance program to assure patient safety and to promote public health has been launched for the first time in India on Dec 10, 2012 in 60 medical colleges in the first phase along with a well-structured program for monitoring adverse reactions associated with blood transfusion and blood product administration. National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) will be the National Coordinating Centre for Hemovigilance. This program will be implemented under overall ambit of Pharmacovigilance Program of India (PvPI), which is being coordinated by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC). All medical colleges of the country will be enrolled in this program by the year 2016 in order to have a National Centre of Excellence for Hemovigilance at NIB, which will act as a global knowledge platform.
PMCID: PMC3613669  PMID: 23559771
Hemovigilance; India; Medical colleges; Transfusion Reaction Reporting Form
5.  Transfusion medicine in India: Expanding horizons 
Asian Journal of Transfusion Science  2014;8(Suppl1):S3-S5.
PMCID: PMC4049180  PMID: 24932071
6.  Performance qualification: Critical to validation 
PMCID: PMC3613660  PMID: 23559754
8.  Automation in Immunohematology 
There have been rapid technological advances in blood banking in South Asian region over the past decade with an increasing emphasis on quality and safety of blood products. The conventional test tube technique has given way to newer techniques such as column agglutination technique, solid phase red cell adherence assay, and erythrocyte-magnetized technique. These new technologies are adaptable to automation and major manufacturers in this field have come up with semi and fully automated equipments for immunohematology tests in the blood bank. Automation improves the objectivity and reproducibility of tests. It reduces human errors in patient identification and transcription errors. Documentation and traceability of tests, reagents and processes and archiving of results is another major advantage of automation. Shifting from manual methods to automation is a major undertaking for any transfusion service to provide quality patient care with lesser turnaround time for their ever increasing workload. This article discusses the various issues involved in the process.
PMCID: PMC3439752  PMID: 22988378
Automation; immunohematology; serology
11.  Visual detection of hemolysis in a blood bag before issue 
PMCID: PMC3082726  PMID: 21572725
13.  Development of blood transfusion service in Sultanate of Oman 
Sultanate of Oman is geographically situated in south-west of Asia, having common borders on western side by the land with United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen and with the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the east and the north respectively. The country enjoys one of the best health care facilities including blood transfusion services in the region.
Study design:
Information was collected through informal personal interviews, digging out the past records, and the report presentations at various forums.
A modest start by providing blood units through import, the country is now self-reliant on procuring blood units from voluntary non-remunerate blood donors within the sultanate. A steady growth of blood banks is witnessed in every aspect of blood banking including blood collection, blood processing and supply. Various modalities are adapted in promoting voluntary blood donation programme.
Sultanate of Oman has created one of the best blood transfusion services in the region in providing safe blood for transfusion through voluntary donation, a use of blood components and irradiating blood products.
PMCID: PMC2847343  PMID: 20376265
Blood transfusion services; voluntary blood donation; national blood transfusion services; Sultanate of Oman
14.  Blood transfusion services in Bangladesh 
PMCID: PMC2920470  PMID: 20808657
15.  Status report of the blood transfusion services in Myanmar 
PMCID: PMC2798779  PMID: 20041093
16.  The progress of South Korean blood transfusion services (2004-2006) 
PMCID: PMC2798770  PMID: 20041084
17.  The approach taken to reducing the risk of transfusion related acute lung injury in Canada 
Transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI) has become a major reported cause of severe transfusion reactions and mortality. Over the past four years significant changes have been taken in Canada in order both to improve the recognition of the risk and to decrease its incidence. An international meeting was held in April of 2004 entitled “Towards an Understanding of TRALI". As a result of the analysis and recommendations from this meeting, the Canadian Blood Services established an ongoing review committee and established a laboratory diagnostic facility to identify at risk donors and recipients. A system has been developed to identify implicated donors and exclude them from the blood donor pool. Other steps have been taken to exclude potentially high risk donors, such as previously pregnant females, from the plasma and platelet donor pool. A considerable amount of education also has been offered to clinical services in the country. This paper summarizes the definitions, categorizations of implicated donors, and the ongoing precautionary activities related to plasma products. Noted within the article are the methods used for locating and selecting data. These were primarily based on the international TRALI conference in 2004, and from ongoing discussions and information provided by the Canadian Blood Services TRALI Review Committee. No ethics referral or approval was requested, and a summary is included in the article.
PMCID: PMC2798766  PMID: 20041083
Transfusion related acute lung injury risk reduction
18.  Status of blood transfusion services in Iran 
PMCID: PMC2798758  PMID: 20041072
19.  An immunohematological ‘Wet’ workshop 
A practical workshop on ‘Immunohematology’ was conducted in conjunction with the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology annual scientific program. The participants, from many parts of India, were able to obtain valuable practice in key areas of blood group serology and by the end of the workshop were able to carry out ‘tube’ techniques for antibody detection and identification. Column agglutination methods were also demonstrated. A preliminary questionnaire was completed by participants. Results showed a wide variety in types of pretransfusion (serologic) testing being performed. Less than half of the participants had encountered hemolytic transfusion reactions. The program was rated as excellent by most participants in response to a postworkshop evaluation questionnaire, with requests for longer and more frequent workshops. Safety of blood for transfusion depends on maintenance of high standards of both microbiological and immunohematological performance by the blood bank staff.
PMCID: PMC3168125  PMID: 21938238
Blood group serology; education; immunohematology

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