Registries - a vital role in cellular therapy
Patient Registry Process
Upon receiving a call from a transplant center, the patient registry initiates the exploration of transplant options. This involves family searches, unrelated donor searches, and cord blood searches.
Transplant physicians receive a list of potential options, including family donors, unrelated donors, or cord blood. If no fully matched donor is available, alternatives for the most suitable donor are considered, prepared by consulting WMDA’s Search & Match Service.
Transplant physicians select options for extended or verification typing. Depending on local policy, one to four donors are approached to donate a blood sample for further testing. The patient registry requests the donor registry to contact the potential donor.
Donors undergo preparation for cell collection, with a scheduled collection date. Donor registries ensure a risk-free process for both voluntary donors and recipients, evaluating medical and social history in accordance with international laws and regulations.
To ensure the safety of the recipient, only donations that have met strict evaluation guidelines are distributed. Our commitment to safety and quality is unwavering, and our member registries strive to fulfill the minimum legal requirements for quality and safety set by the international regulatory bodies.
Specially trained healthcare professionals oversee the collection process in dedicated centers. A medical director reviews all donor records and makes the final eligibility determination.
The collected product, labeled with a unique identification number, is shipped for transplant directly to the transplant center by a courier, ensuring traceability from donor to recipient.
The donor registry maintains contact with donors to monitor recovery post-donation. Correspondence and support for donor/recipient families are crucial, with donor and recipients’ identities kept confidential.
Donor Registry Process
Volunteers sign up globally through dedicated registration websites or events. The critical step is obtaining donor consent, along with completing a medical-social history. This information is used by the donor registry to determine eligibility, following general medical suitability criteria from WMDA.
Waiting till the call
HLA tissue typing is conducted after sign-up, and results are uploaded to the global database, enabling worldwide searches by transplant centers for potential donors.
The call – check-in on the donor
Patient registries notify a donor registry when a potential volunteer is identified. Relevant medical records are reviewed, creating a comprehensive donor profile. Close attention is paid to health updates and any necessary medications.
Preparing for donation
Physical inspections screen for infectious diseases or risky behaviors. If medically eligible , the donor is prepared for cell collection, always treated with dignity and respect.
Cells are collected on the determined transplantation date, ensuring a respectful process for the donor.
The collected product is labeled for traceability and shipped directly to the transplant center by a courier.