(UNWEB) – Perugia, At the pressing request of Avis Regionale Umbria, a meeting was held on Thursday 14 September with the regional health councilor, Luca Coletto, the general director of health, Massimo D’Angelo, the regional managers of the services involved , the medical directors and managers of the Immuno Transfusion Services (Sit) of the local hospital and healthcare companies in the region and the voluntary associations of blood donors, to discuss and proceed promptly with the establishment of the new Regional Blood Center (Crs). The Crs is the competent body to study the problems relating to the transfusion service, outlining the strategic lines, programming, objectives, functional and organizational guidelines and therefore also to express the guidelines in relation to the Regional Blood and Plasma Plan. The aim of the meeting was also to quickly promote discussion for the drafting of the new Regional Blood and Plasma Plan. Both the latter and the Regional Blood Center have been out of date for many years.
Regarding the structuring of the regional blood centre, Avis Regionale Umbria has proposed that the coordination be assumed by a manager of the department “to strengthen the institutional political role of the coordinator himself and therefore of the regional centre”.
As for the Regional Blood and Plasma Plan, in reiterating “that its adoption cannot be postponed”, Avis Umbria underlined how it is “preliminarily necessary to proceed with an analysis of the results of the previous plans (2009/2011 and 2016/2018) in order to identify new objectives and management processes capable of solving the numerous functional and operational problems detected and reported several times”.
In particular, Avis underlined the following needs: not a reduction in the current Fixed Collection Points (Prf), but a remodulation of the openings to make them more functional, also with the extension of the Assessment Donors project (telemedicine applied in relation to the acceptance of donors in certain points collection); gradual application of the first deferred donation, where it is not practiced today, with the identification of preferential lanes for instrumental tests and specialist visits to be requested from the general directorates; unification of the donation protocols in all collection points (Sit and Prf); increase in plasmapheresis practices to be carried out in SITs and implementation of this practice in some PRFs; Sunday openings (with associative commitment to guarantee a minimum number of accesses to be established); possible afternoon openings for apheresis practice (with associative commitment to guarantee a minimum number of accesses to be established); verification of the maintenance of all the structural, organizational and instrumental requirements ascertained during the accreditation of the structures; implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) also for checks carried out for suitability for donation (first and subsequent) with access for both the donor and his GP; verifies the functioning of the Committees for the good use of blood (Cobus), in relation to compliance with the best protocols regarding programming and the use of blood and its components; creation of a single database among all the structures with access by regional Avis in real time; verification of the possibility of creating a regional functional department of the immunotransfusion service; verification of the possibility of creating a single workshop for blood processing with consequent optimization of the use of personnel.
“Avis – the Umbrian association states – is now awaiting a concrete and rapid response to the commitments made in the meeting and remains available for all the in-depth information and contributions it is entitled to”.