South-eastern Europe Health Network. Current status and future strategies in safe blood and blood components transnational availability for medical emergencies and special circumstances in South-eastern Europe (2011)




The present analysis is focused specifically on the response of blood services to internal or external emergency situations in South-eastern European (SEE) countries, using data provided by national, multidisciplinary teams, within the context of the SEE Health Network (SEEHN) and blood safety project activities. Blood services cover the demands for blood components and products for transfusion therapy, which are essential to keep patients alive. Therefore, specific preparedness action plans for external and internal emergencies pertaining to the coordinated operability of blood services should be part of the local, regional and national contingency plans.