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AM21-54: World Health Organization Programs to Develop Improved Global Transfusion Practices and Patient Safety

‐ Oct 19, 2021 9:00pm

Expiration Date: Dec 31, 2023

Credits: None available.

Patient safety is a universal challenge. World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed resolutions and launched programs to eliminate avoidable harm in healthcare and blood transfusion: 

  • Universal Health Coverage – access to affordable healthcare for all
  • Model Lists: Essential Medicines; in vitro Diagnostics including blood products and test kits – access to affordable medicines and diagnostics
  • Resolution 72.6 Global action on patient safety – Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 includes blood transfusion.

Annually millions of patients suffer injuries or die because of unsafe and poor-quality healthcare including unsafe blood transfusion and poor practices; ±134 million adverse events occur each year due to unsafe care in hospitals in poor economics countries, causing 2.6 million deaths/year to which poor and unsafe transfusion practices contribute. The session will discuss these programs and the role of safe and evidence-based transfusion in eliminating avoidable patient harm.

To view Spanish or English subtitles, click the "CC" box in the video player.
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Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of the WHO resolutions and programs to develop safe and evidence-based transfusion practices to eliminate avoidable patient harm.
  • Discuss the key governance and stewardship elements needed to develop availability of a safe, and efficacious blood transfusion system.
  • Explain the role of safe blood transfusion in eliminating avoidable patient harm




  • Linda Barnes, DrPH, MHA, RAC:
    Full-time/Part-time Employee: X-CellSystem, Inc.
  • Cees Smit Sibinga, MD, PhD, FRCP Edin, FRCPath:
    Nothing to Disclose
  • Yetmgeta Abdella, MD, MPH:
    Nothing to Disclose

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated. By completing the evaluation, you are attesting to watching the presentation in its entirety. A certificate will be immediately provided after submission.

Credits Available

AM21-54: World Health Organization Programs to Develop Improved Global Transfusion Practices and Patient Safety Evaluation