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[Hemovigilance: State 2007-2013 Tunis]

[Article in French]

[Hemovigilance: State 2007-2013 Tunis]

[Article in French]
S Mahjoub et al. Transfus Clin Biol.


Introduction: Despite its lifesaving role, blood transfusion still has risks associated with it. Hemovigilance is a set of surveillance procedures of the transfusion chain intended to promote safe and effective use of blood components. This work aims to present a descriptive analysis of adverse reactions, which were notified over a period of 5 years (incidence and etiology); to identify malfunctions and to propose corrections.

Materials and methods: All transfusion adverse reactions accidents reported to the blood bank of the hospital La Rabta (n=120) are explored (clinical and laboratory tests).

Results: The average age of patients with transfusion reaction was 51.2 years (25 days to 89 years). The transfusion accident rates ranged from 0.59 to 2.19 accidents/1000 labile blood products (LBP) distributed. The investigations were used to classify 71 % of accidents in different categories. The most prevalent reaction is the hemolytic reaction, n=24 (19.8 %), followed by allergic reactions, n=21 (17.5 %) and non-hemolytic feverish reaction, n=19 (15.8 %). Transfusion reactions of grade 1 severity were the most frequent (n=94); followed by those of grade 3 severity (n=16), accidents grade 4 (n=4) including two cases of acute pulmonary edema, one case of hyperkalemia, and the last case classified undetermined.

Conclusion: These data are particularly rich in learning lessons. This study identified several levels failures: under-reporting of certain transfusion accidents, malfunctions at certain stages of the transfusion chain. In order to achieve an accurate statement of each transfusion reaction, it is important to plan in-service training.

Keywords: Adverse reactions; Haemovigilance; Hémovigilance; Sécurité transfusionnelle; Transfusion sanguine.

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