International IDM sample viability project concludes
The International IDM sample viability project team has concluded their work, which began in FY18 with the project team examining the root causes behind international infection disease markers (IDM) sample viability issues at workup. The project will now be moving portions of this work into business as usual.
Project Goals and Accomplishments
As you may remember from the June update, the goals of this project were to better meet the timeline for our patients and improve the experience for our donors. Some of the issues identified included transit delays, inconsistent temperature control and centrifugation issues. As a result of collaborative efforts with our international partners in identifying, understanding and addressing these issues, the team was able to decrease the occurrence rate from 7.1% (2017) to 3.2% (2019 YTD).
Through this work, the team identified that some centers were only scheduling donors earlier in the week because of sample viability concerns. Due to this project and the solutions, some centers have been able to open their schedules to have more availability to schedule donors throughout the week. Because of the resolution of these issues, centers can better meet the requested timelines to transplant, thus improving service and saving more lives.
The project team finished their pilot work at the end of FY19, with the intent of implementing their improvements into business as usual beginning in FY20. Going forward, the team will continue to monitor occurrences by center and work with the individual centers as needed to propose solutions tailored to the issues identified by that center.
Thanks again to the partnership between the international donor centers, the IDM-IE team, Case Management, Finance and KitMaker for their combined efforts and problem solving to make these improvements that benefit the patients in need.
If you have any questions about this work, please contact the IDM-IE team at IDM-IE@nmdp.org.