Islamabad-A training workshop on transfusion transmissible infections screening and bio-safety was held on Wednesday by Safe Blood Transfusion Programme in collaboration with International Society of Blood Transfusion.

Those who attended the workshop included managers of blood banks from public, private and NGO sectors, haematology and transfusion medicine trainee doctors, medical technologists, blood transfusion officers and blood bank technicians.

 Objective of the workshop was to train the existing workforce in blood banks on latest updates in screening techniques including bio-safety and quality control criteria used in transfusion transmissible infections (TTIs) screening.

The technical sessions included lectures on vein-to-vein transfusion chain, principles of TTI screening assays, hepatitis B, C and HIV virus screening strategies, bio-safety and waste management and quality assurance in TTI screening.

These presentations were delivered by experts Noor-ul-Amin (RIC Hospital), Dr Arshad Malik (IIUI), Dr Ahmed Farooq (IIUI) and Saira Tahir, Kaenat Nasir and Usman Waheed from Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP).

Pre- and post-course assessment was done to have a systematic collection and analysis of information to improve participants’ learning. Participants were provided a questionnaire with 25 multiple-choice questions at the beginning and at the end of training. Overall, the knowledge after the post-course assessment was raised from 39 per cent to 73.8 per cent.

National Coordinator SBTP Hasan Abbas Zaheer in his concluding remarks urged the participants to implement national standards and guidelines in their blood banks to increase blood safety through improved quality-assured screening and bio-safety practices.