Anatomy of a Stem Cell Drive: An Evidence–Based Approach to Stem Cell Drive Organization

Warren Fingrut

ABSTRACT

Patients in need of a stem cell transplant often rely on unrelated donors. Canadians can register as donors online or at a stem cell drive by providing consent and a tissue sample for typing. To the knowledge of this author, no guidelines have been published to recommend a process for stem cell donor recruitment at drives. This article outlines an evidence–based approach to stem cell drive organization with five core components: prescreening, informed consent, registration, swabbing, and reconciliation. This approach offers guidance to medical students who coordinate stem cell drives and encourages them to act as health advocates for Canadians who need a stem cell transplant.

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Fingrut, W. Anatomy of a Stem Cell Drive: An Evidence–Based Approach to Stem Cell Drive Organization. UBCMJ. 2015; 6(2):44-46.