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ESTM fundamentals

Since 1992, the ESTM has shared knowledge
with more than 3.100 students, from 60 countries,
organising 85 courses, mainly residential, held in 33 countries,
with the expertise of more than 700 coordinators and teachers
.

ESTM mission

Harmonisation of the teaching of Transfusion Medicine in Europe, also in non-EU countries. Training must respect local situations, satisfy local operational needs and involve local professional and scientific associations.
The ESTM educational approach is based on a "non-profit" attitude of persons and institutions, whereby help could be given from the bottom, in a friendly collegial atmosphere, sharing experiences, with a feeling of belonging to a community. The whole educational activity is run on a completely voluntary, free, non-remunerated, and solidarity basis.

ESTM aims

To provide a teaching programme in Transfusion Medicine, for specialist doctors, physicians, other graduates and paramedical personnel under specialist training.

To perform cooperative activities to developing countries, also beyond the European borders, through cultural and educational activities, and short- and medium-term collaborative programmes.

ESTM driving concept

Basic financial resources are a pre-requisite for constructing any safe and effective Transfusion Service; however, political maturity, moral solidarity, cultural development, medical competency and human dedication represent the values sustained by ESTM.

ESTM activities and programmes

A typical residential course

  • 3 full intensive days
  • fee covering all events (except travel)
  • lessons, work groups and discussions
  • final evaluation form
  • accreditation by EHA/CME and Royal College of Pathology of London

The residential and interactive format of the courses is designed to encourage full cohesion and active participation by attendees so that the delegates can completely immerse themselves in the topics and have extensive access to the expertise of faculty members throughout the whole proceedings.

ESTM courses

1990-1994: SIMTI and ISBT Symposia for European Cooperation
(the ESTM roots)

  • Teaching of Transfusion Medicine (U. Rossi, J.D. Cash: editors)
    First SIITS-AICT Symposium for European Cooperation
    - Cernobbio (Italy), 1st October 1990
  • Voluntary blood donors Associations: present and future (U. Rossi, V. Fresia, B. Genetet: editors)
    Second SIITS-AICT Symposium for European Cooperation
    - Cernobbio (Italy), 6th October 1990
  • Teaching and education in Transfusion Medicine (U. Rossi, J.D. Cash: editors)
    Main session of the 3rd ISBT Regional (2nd European) Congress
    - Prague (Czech Republic), 15th October 1991
  • Therapy with plasma and albumin: production and clinical use (U. Rossi, W.G. Van Aken, M. Orlando: editors)
    Third SIITS-AICT Symposium for European Cooperation
    - Rome (Italy), 6th June 1992
  • Mass media and blood donation (U. Rossi, I. Cipriani, V. Fresia: editors)
    Fourth SIITS-AICT Symposium for European Cooperation
    - Rome (Italy), 6th June 1992
  • Teaching of Transfusion Medicine to undergraduate medical students (U. Rossi, H. Seyfried: editors)
    Symposium of the 4th ISBT Regional (3rd European) Congress
    - Barcelona (Spain), 15th June 1993
  • Therapeutic haemapheresis (U. Rossi, A. Bussel, M. Valbonesi: editors)
    Fifth SIMTI Symposium for European Cooperation
    - Genova (Italy), 9th June 1994

Topics so far discussed in ESTM courses,
with numbers corresponding to the general list of ESTM courses
(1992-2011)

Blood donation:
23, 25, 29, 30, 44, 47, 48, 61, 62, 73, 76, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85

  • Promotion of voluntary blood donation:
    23, 29, 44, 47, 61, 62, 73, 76, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85
  • Education of voluntary blood donation:
    23, 29, 44, 47, 61, 62, 73, 76, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85
  • Common effort to phase out paid donation:
    47, 61, 62, 73, 80, 83, 84, 85
  • Converting replacement donors into periodic voluntary donors:
    44, 47, 61, 62, 73, 80, 83, 84, 85
  • Optimal index of donation:
    44, 62, 73, 80, 83, 85
  • Organisation of truly voluntary non-remunerated blood donation:
    23, 29, 30, 44, 47, 61, 62, 73, 76, 79, 80, 83, 85
  • Establishment of a regularly donating donor population:
    23, 29, 44, 47, 61, 62, 73, 79, 80, 82, 83, 85
  • Anti-HBV donor vaccination:
    47, 61, 62, 73, 79, 80, 83
  • Acceptance as donors of thalassaemia trait-carriers:
    47, 61, 73, 79, 80, 83, 85
  • European regional policy concerning migrant blood donors:
    61, 73, 79, 80, 82, 83, 85
  • Autotransfusion:
    25, 30, 48, 62, 85

Blood safety and transfusion risk management:
21, 23, 32, 40, 49, 53, 56, 58, 60, 61, 66, 71, 73, 74, 78, 80, 84, 85

  • Detection and prevention of transfusion-transmissible infections:
    21, 23, 32, 40, 49, 53, 56, 58, 60, 61, 66, 71, 73, 74,78, 80, 84, 85
  • Implementation of leucodepletion and of pathogen inactivation:
    32, 53, 56, 60, 61, 74

Red cell immunohaematology and transfusion:
5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 26, 35, 41, 43, 45, 79, 84, 85

  • Extent of genome testing:
    12, 13, 15, 45, 79, 84

Platelet immunohaematology and transfusion:
14, 22, 43, 79

 

Laboratory Haematology:
8, 9, 11, 20, 34, 42, 50, 85

  • Diagnostics of haemostasis:
    8, 11, 20, 34, 42, 50

Blood establishments and operations:
17, 23, 29, 30, 31, 36, 39, 48, 58, 61, 62, 69, 71, 79, 82, 83, 85

  • Organisation and responsibilities of Blood Transfusion Services:
    23, 29, 30, 31, 36, 39, 48, 58, 61, 62, 69, 71, 79, 82, 83, 85
  • Economic conditions of the supply of plasma related to the need of plasma fractions:
    17
  • Plasma fractionation:
    17
  • Regional blood component exchange with minimum standards for emergency conditions:
    29, 39, 61, 79

Quality assurance and quality management:
29, 31, 38, 53, 54, 61, 78, 82, 84, 85

 

Information technology in Blood Services:
61, 79, 82

  • Reliable and user-friendly electronic data-processing system in the Blood Transfusion Service:
    61, 79, 82
  • Unified labelling to be introduced throughout the region:
    61, 82
  • Adoption of the ISBT 128 to assure an internationally usable system:
    61

Immunogenetics and molecular biology:
4, 12, 46, 57, 61, 70

 

Stem-cell and transplantation:
16, 46, 70, 82, 85

  • Transplant immunology:
    16, 46, 70, 82
  • Collection and clinical application of stem-cells:
    70, 82, 85
  • Best organisation of cord blood banking:
    82, 85

Clinical transfusion practice:
2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 17, 18, 24, 26, 27, 32, 34, 36, 39, 42, 45, 49, 51, 52, 59, 61, 62, 63, 66, 69, 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85

  • Haemotherapy:
    3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 18, 24, 26, 27, 36, 45, 52, 61, 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84
  • Emergency Transfusion Medicine:
    34, 36, 39, 42, 59, 83
  • Blood-sparing medicine and surgery:
    24, 51, 62, 71, 76, 80, 83
  • Real clinical need of albumin:
    17, 61
  • Common attitudes for the generalised establishment of good clinical transfusion practice:
    2, 3, 5, 6, 17, 18, 24, 26, 27, 32, 36, 42, 49, 61, 63, 69, 73, 75, 78, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85
  • Diffusion of WHO' s learning materials:
    61, 66, 80, 83, 84, 85

Haemapheresis:
27, 33, 42, 83, 85



Transfusion in Obstetrics, Neonatology and Paediatrics:
1, 25, 28, 55, 64, 67, 72, 83, 85

 

Haemovigilance:
32, 61, 63, 65, 68, 78, 79, 83, 84

  • Hospitals' responsibility for basic haemovigilance:
    32, 61, 63, 65, 68, 78, 79, 83
  • Implementation of a regional network for haemovigilance:
    61, 63, 78, 79, 83

Prospects of Transfusion Medicine:
5, 6, 10, 20, 26, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 49, 50, 54, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 69, 73, 76, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85

 

European (and extra-European) countries
where ESTM courses have been held
(numbers corresponding to the total list of ESTM courses, 1992-2011)

  • Albania: 73, 80, 83, 85
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria: 36
  • Belarus
  • Belgium: 18, 49
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: 58
  • Bulgaria: 63
  • Croatia: 38
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic: 20, 42, 75
  • Denmark
  • Estonia: 40
  • Finland
  • France: 12, 17, 24, 33
  • Georgia
  • Germany: 34
  • Great Britain: 26
  • Greece: 5, 28
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy: 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 22, 27, 29, 32, 37, 39, 50, 55, 61, 65, 67, 76, 82
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia: 71
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Macedonia: 78
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • the Netherlands: 21
  • Norway: 7, 35, 52, 8
  • Poland: 41
  • Portugal: 25, 54, 79
  • Romania: 47
  • Russia: 1, 3
  • San Marino
  • Serbia: 66
  • Slovakia: 51
  • Slovenia: 30, 46, 48, 53, 57, 59, 64, 70, 72
  • Spain: 2, 9, 19, 23, 31, 43, 68, 77
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland: 6, 15
  • Turkey: 69
  • Ukraine: 62
  • Vatican City
  • Argentina: 56
  • Brasil: 60, 74
  • Israel: 45
  • Peru: 84
  • Senegal: 44

 

 

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