More collections than ever before
The demand for transplant material from Switzerland continued unabated in 2020, with the number of procedures performed to collect blood stem cells for unrelated recipients reaching a new high. Swiss Transfusion SRC was able to continue providing all of its services during the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks largely to the blood transfusion centres, which remained open.
When a person listed in the Swiss Registry comes up as a possible donor, Swiss Transfusion SRC arranges for confirmatory typing to verify their HLA markers. In 2020, confirmatory typing was performed for 258 individuals (2019: 273). Confirmatory typing activities continued even during the several weeks of lockdown; blood collection was possible in the blood transfusion centres at all times. Swiss Transfusion SRC is prepared to carry out part of the confirmatory typing procedure electronically, using a digital health check, should this become necessary during a future phase of lockdown.
In 2020, 70 procedures were performed to collect blood stem cells for unrelated recipients; 9 more than were performed in 2019 (61). This nearly 15 per cent increase brought this figure to a new high. One of the procedures was a secondary collection, i.e., one person returned to donate a second time. 11 of the donations collected were for patients in Switzerland, substantially more than had been the case in previous years (2019: 4).