On December 12-14, 2018, the 25th Conference “Standards and Individual Approaches in Clinical Transfusiology” was held in the Pirogov Center, organized jointly with the Russian Association of Transfusiologists and the International Blood Transfusion Society. In total, more than 200 people from various regions of Russia and the CIS countries took part in the conference.

Opening the conference, the General Director of the Pirogov Center, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oleg Eduardovich Karpov noted the high relevance of the issues discussed, stressed that modern medical technologies in hematology, oncology, cell therapy, surgery, intensive therapy and other specialties implemented in the Pirogov Center are so effective, because their essential element is the use of effective and safe donor blood products.

The conference reviewed a wide range of issues of industrial and clinical transfusion, changes in the legislative framework and law enforcement practice.

On January 1, 2019, a new edition of the Russian Law on Blood and Blood Component Donation comes into force, amending the basic standard of the blood service: the technical regulation will be replaced with rules for the procurement, storage, transportation and clinical use of donated blood and its components. The main transfusiologist of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Tatyana Gaponova, informed about upcoming innovations in the blood service. The professional community will have to develop clinical guidelines for the use of transfusion agents. The discussed professional standard of a transfusiologist will include the collection of peripheral blood stem cells.

Professor Mikhail Zamyatin shared the rules of the Pirogov Center for the provision of emergency care to patients who have been taking anticoagulants for a long time.

Olga Eichler — Head of the Blood Organization Department of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency of Russia noted that a risk-based approach is being introduced into the control of the blood service.

In his report, the head of the department of transfusiology and blood transfusion problems of the Institute for Advanced Medical Studies of the Pirogov Center, Professor Yevgeny Zhiburt stressed that the Pirogov Center saves blood of donors and patients, using the evidence-based practice of patient blood management. For this purpose, the most effective, selective and safe blood components are rationally used. Given the expansion of oncohematological care and cell therapy, in the outgoing year, the Scientific Council of the Pirogov Center decided to introduce pathogen-reduced platelet concentrates, the safest transfusion medium, into transfusion practice.

Along with clinical and scientific work, educational activities are the cornerstone of the life of the Pirogov Center. About a thousand transfusiologists and doctors, biologists, nurses of related specialties are trained annually at the Department of Transfusiology and Blood Transfusion Problems of the Institute for Advanced Medical Studies of the Pirogov Center. Summing up the 2018 transfusion year, the head of the department, Professor Yevgeny Zhiburt, noted that in the outgoing year, 4 new sessions were registered in the program of continuous medical education in the department, and training in all sessions was introduced in the distance format.

Other topical issues of transfusiology were also raised. All the speakers with presentations, as well as those participating in the debate, experts noted the traditionally high level of the scientific-practical conference and expressed a wish to meet again at scientific events of the Pirogov Center.