SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Blood Bank of the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Canarias (HUC) has received quality accreditation from the CAT Foundation, a Quality Certification body in Transfusion, Cell and Tissue Therapy, dependent on the Spanish Society of Hematology and Hemotherapy and the Society Spanish for Blood Transfusion and Cell Therapy.
This accreditation guarantees that the transfusion activity and the self-donation is carried out in accordance with the quality standards in blood transfusion CAT 5th edition. The CAT is recognized by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC). It is a recognition obtained after an exhaustive inspection of the activity and the documentation of the different areas.
CAT certification is an essential element in the development of quality in obtaining, processing and transfusion of blood components and cell therapy products; constituting a guarantee of quality and safety that the health system offers to society. In addition, it is a requirement to be able to carry out the teaching of resident interns of this specialty.
For the head of the Hematology and Hemotherapy service, Miguel Hernández, and the head of the center’s Blood Bank, Francisca Ávila, “having this certification means offering a quality service to users and, above all, guaranteeing safety throughout the transfusion process “.
This accreditation is the result of the work of the professionals of the Blood Bank, belonging to the Hematology and Hemotherapy service, and of the entire Complex of the Canarian University Hospital, to demonstrate compliance with the established organizational and quality standards.
In this regard, the results obtained in the CAT certification process consolidate the prestige of the Hematology clinical unit. In addition to guaranteeing the quality of transfusion activity throughout the hospital, the hemotherapy coverage of the clinical programs for the treatment of hematological neoplasms is especially guaranteed.
The HUC Blood Bank is in charge of distributing blood components for the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Canarias for the necessary transfusion support in the medical and surgical activity of all Hospital services, and records a high activity, 13,193 transfusions performed in 2020, of which 9,911 were red blood cells, 2,110 platelets, 1,157 plasmas and 15 cryoprecipitates.