Haemovigilance: An Approach to Risk Management and Control

  • C. Th. Smit Sibinga
Part of the Developments in Hematology and Immunology book series (DIHI, volume 34)


Risk management in blood transfusion centres around the patient. The transfusion outcome tells us what the effect has been of managing the risks along the entire transfusion chain, vein to vein. It is evident that this chain consists of a manifold of elements with a variety of strengths and weaknesses. Controlling the integrity, functionality and efficacy of the chain is the essence of haemovigilance. Haemovigilance is the composite of surveillance procedures from donor to recipient to collect, assess and evaluate information on expected and unexpected or unwanted effects of the clinical use of blood components. In this composite of procedures documentation and trace-ability play a major role, based on professional awareness. Quality thinking and acting are fundamental and should be anchored in a quality system.


Chief Executive Officer Quality System Blood Component Blood Bank Indication Setting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Th. Smit Sibinga
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  1. 1.Blood Bank Noord NederlandGroningenNetherlands

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