FDA reported Fatalities following Blood Collection and Transfusion

With the Annual Report of Fatalities after Blood Collection and Transfusion for fiscal year 2007, the FDA shows that the blood supply is safer today than any time before. A comparison with the reports of fiscal years 2005 and 2006 indicates a decrease of fatalities from 73 in 2006 to 63 in 2008.

This development demonstrates the success of advances in donor screening, improved viral marker tests, automated data systems, and changes in transfusion medicine practices.

One interesting aspect of this report is the detailed presentation of the causes of the fatalities in different sections like

A. Overall Comparison of Transfusion-Related Fatalities Reported in FY2005, FY2006, and FY2007
B. Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)
C. Haemolytic Transfusion Reactions (HTR)
D. Microbial Infection
E. Transfusion Not Ruled Out as Cause of Fatality
F. Not Transfusion Related
G. Post-Donation Fatalities

A. Overall Comparison of Transfusion-Related Fatalities Reported in FY2005, FY2006, and FY2007
B. Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)
C. Haemolytic Transfusion Reactions (HTR)
D. Microbial Infection
E. Transfusion Not Ruled Out as Cause of Fatality
F. Not Transfusion Related
G. Post-Donation Fatalities

For more details please go here.

Compiled by:
Axel H.Schroeder
On behalf of the European Compliance Academy (ECA)

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