National Medical Coordinator, Transfusion and and Transplantation Reactions in Patients (TRIP)
Dr. Jo Wiersum obtained her medical degree in Leiden in 1981 and went on to work in the UK and the Republic of Guinea (West Africa). Since 1996 she has worked as a donor physician for the Dutch blood supply organisation, Sanquin. In 2000 she completed specialty training in community medicine. Since 2002 when the Dutch national hemovigilance office TRIP started, she has been its national medical coordinator. TRIP stands for Transfusion and Transplantation Reactions in Patients because it also handles reports on tissue and cell vigilance. Jo has chaired of the International Society for Blood Transfusion haemovigilance working party since 2011. In 2013 she obtained a PhD in medicine on a thesis entitled Hemovigilance: is it making a difference to safety in the transfusion chain.