Blood Transfusion - 4 2015 (October - December)
Transfusion safety from the viewpoint of a musical quintet
Authors:  Olivier Garraud, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Jean-Claude Osselaer, Gilles Folléa, Jean-Paul Vernant, Jean-Jacques Lefrère
Pages:  687
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2015; 13: 687
Doi:  10.2450/2015.0297-14
Published online:  29/01/2015

Dear Sir,
The former paradigm in transfusion safety was centred on the risk of infections, but this risk is now chiefly restricted to high infectious risk/high poverty areas, and/or linked to human activity, global warming and globalisation1. While no longer the major threat, the remaining infectious risks necessitate strict vigilance programmes, a strategy that now appears to be shared with societal and political stakeholders. Within the new paradigm in transfusion safety, the cornerstone has become a secure supply, to ensure that a robust blood component inventory is built -based on patients' needs- and that the products are distributed according to high quality standards, which comprise constant controls, traceability, surveillance and reporting. [...]
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