Donations in high demand
Donations from Switzerland continued to be in high demand in 2021, though requests for transplant material from unrelated donors in Switzerland did not quite reach the record set in 2020.
When someone listed in the Swiss Registry comes up as a possible donor, Swiss Transfusion SRC arranges for confirmatory typing to verify that person’s tissue markers. In 2021, confirmatory typing was performed for 274 individuals (2020: 258). Confirmatory typing and blood collection was possible at the Swiss blood transfusion centres at all times during the second year of the coronavirus pandemic.
Procedures were performed to collect blood stem cells from Swiss donors for unrelated recipients 65 times in 2021, five less than in 2020 (70). One of these procedures was a secondary collection ( i.e., one person returned to donate a second time). Three of the procedures were performed to collect donations destined for patients in Switzerland, significantly fewer than in previous years (2020: 11). Seven cord blood units from Switzerland were used in transplant procedures, another increase (2020: 4). These, taken together with the units from collection procedures, bring the total number of units delivered to a record high.