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Building Bridges Between Healthcare Professionals

By Eve Labar

This past December, nearly 60 attendees joined the first Terumo BCT Global Blood Transfusion Forum held in Lisbon, Portugal.

With the objective to build bridges toward a more empowered and informed global blood community, we brought together healthcare professionals from all over the world. From Brazil to Russia, Germany to Ethiopia, 30 countries and four continents were represented in the room. The audience was a mix of blood bankers and clinicians. It was a great opportunity for professionals to make connections and exchange ideas as well as share their experiences and challenges in managing a safe, adequate blood supply and providing patients with the best possible therapies.

This forum offered a full agenda featuring 15 subject matter experts from 10 countries. Attendees gained insights and learned from their peers about current Terumo BCT technologies as they listened to presentations featuring the Trima Accel® Automated Blood Collection System Version 7, the Reveos® Automated Blood Collection System, TOMEs (Terumo Operational Medical Equipment Software) and the Mirasol® Pathogen Reduction Technology (PRT) System.

Attendees also heard perspectives about blood component usage in patient care settings, as well as how collaboration between blood bankers and clinicians can be optimized. Two experts from an eminent European blood bank also discussed today's challenges and opportunities.

Finally, the audience learned about advances in technology forging the future in blood therapies, such as the use of whole blood in trauma resuscitation or freeze-dried plasma (Under development) in early hemostasis.

As our main objective was to facilitate the exchange of ideas between healthcare professionals, the audience was able to connect with the speakers and express their opinions in live polls throughout the event. Questions were also submitted using an interactive tool and were answered during roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions.

Some of the presentations from the Forum will be made available soon, so stay tuned.​​

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