The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) holds regional laboratory workshops around the world in order to train health care professionals on practical coagulation skills and the importance of good laboratory practice.
This past May, the WFH—in partnership with the Cláudio Luiz Pizzigati Corrêa International Hemophilia Training Centre (IHTC), affiliated with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil—organized a 3-day training which aimed to improve the diagnosis skills of 19 laboratory scientists and technicians from ten countries in South America. Participants from the workshop were from laboratories in South America that are part of the WFH International External Quality Assessment Scheme (IEQAS). This connection allowed the workshop to act as a kind of support network for participants and also allowed for the exchange of experiences.
The training program for the May workshop was developed by the international trainer and head of the IHTC laboratory in Campinas, Silmara Montalvão, Msc, with the support of Margareth Ozelo, MD. The session started with a discussion of the last results of the IEQAS program in South America. It then went on to cover the value of external quality control; the importance of relations between the coagulation laboratory and the hematologist and the multidisciplinary team; and the impact of quality samples and blood collection procedures on the laboratory diagnoses. The workshop included practical sessions on factor essays, inhibitor testing and VWD diagnosis.
To find out more about WFH national and regional workshops, please visit the “Laboratory scientists and technicians” page on the WFH website.