11 Sep : The XIV National CME in Transfusion Medicine was inaugurated by the Director, PGIMER, Prof. K.K. Talwar. In his inaugural address he appreciated the academic achievements of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The Theme of the CME was – Good Laboratory Practices in Transfusion Services.
Eminent guest faculty and experts from various parts on of the country in the field of Transfusion Medicine delivered talks on different topics. Around 200 delegates participated in the CME from adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
There was session focusing on Neonatal Transfusion Practices and Problems encountered in compatibility testing of neonates presented by Dr. Kum Kum Sharma and Dr. Neeraj Sharma. Also, the issues of Transfusion support in Hemato-oncology patients were covered by Dr. Nabajyoti Choudhury. Dr. R.P. Singh and Dr. Kusum Thakur gave their deliberations on Issues related to requisition of blood and blood components. Dr. Naveen Agnihotri and Dr. Ravneet Kaur focused on management of adverse donor reactions and error management during blood collection, respectively.
The key quality issues in blood component preparation were taken up by Dr. Kabita Chatterjee and Dr. Veena Doda discussed about the various equipments required for a transfusion centre. There was a separate session highlighting the Evolution of reagents in Immunohematology which was covered by Dr. R.N. Makroo. Dr. Meenu Bajpai delivered her talk on the Quality Issues in Blood bags.