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Auroy Y.,Service danesthesie reanimation | Andreu G.,Sanguine | Aullen J.P.,Agence regionale de sante Paca | Benhamou D.,Anesthesie reanimation Chirurgicale | And 13 more authors.
Transfusion Clinique et Biologique

Safety in the field of transfusion medicine has greatly improved in France. The risk of viral transmission has decreased by a factor greater than 1500 within the last 20 years. In comparison, the risk related to ABO error has decreased only by half. The reporting of critical incidents, which occur at any step of the transfusion procedure is now mandatory in France and is subject to an in-depth analysis, using methods close to that used in aviation safety. The goal of these analyses is to better understand human factors in order to implement more adequate prevention measures. © 2010. Source

Since 1998, the Aquitaine-Limousin branch of the French Blood Institute has set up a parvovirus B19 (PV B19) systematic screening on each unit of plasma to be treated by solvent-detergent procedure for virus inactivation. Parvovirus B19 nucleic acid systematic testing in plasma pools became mandatory since 2005 (European monograph "Human plasma" - pooled and treated for virus inactivation). The French competent state authority (AFSSAPS) has decided to introduce this test as a part of the external quality control of labile blood products. This process is related to the harmonization of quality control practice realised on blood products in Europe even if the human plasma pooled and treated for virus inactivation by solvent-detergent is considered in France as a blood labile component. Implementation of this test required a validation step and a close cooperation between AFSSAPS and Aquitaine-Limousin blood transfusion centre. Validation consisted in perfecting a semi-quantitative, real-time nucleic acid testing method with automated extraction. This collaborative study leads us to control 1642 plasma pools. All the results were under the threshold of 10,0 IU/μL. AFSSAPS's results were in agreement with those of Aquitaine-Limousin's blood transfusion center who carry out the parvovirus B19 screening both on fresh frozen plasma units composing the pool and on plasma pools. © 2010. Source

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