The creation of this committee was first suggested in 2014 under the name Nuclear Accident Management Committee. Initial meetings and sessions took place in 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the committee leaders gave presentations during the WBMT session at the APBMT annual scientific meeting. Highlights of this session focused on the number and types of radiologic response exercises being conducted worldwide; all emphasized the need to engage and educate the HCT community of their potential involvement in a nuclear disaster and to continue these practice exercises. In 2020 the mission and name of the committee were reviewed and updated, resulting in the current name which has continued until now. The mission of the Global Emergencies / Nuclear Accident Management Committee is to promote worldwide awareness of public health emergencies, (including pandemics), radiation or other disasters that may impact global HCT practice or there could be a role of HCT and cell therapy in the management of these emergencies. Committee objectives include the following: 1. Increase preparedness in WBMT members, teams, organizations, and member countries to provide assistance in the event of a massive radiation incident, pandemic, or a public health emergency. 2. Develop international consensus guidelines for triage and treatment of casualties that require hematopoietic support. 3. Establish coalitions within member countries to share information following radiation or other types of incidents or relevant global emergencies.
Meetings & Teleconfereces
The group meets on ad-hoc basis as well as quarterly in a year via teleconference. Face to face meeting will be planned at the annual EBMT meeting.
- Changes in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Practices in Response to COVID-19: A Survey from the Worldwide Network for Blood & Marrow Transplantation
This Global Emergencies / Nuclear Accident Management Committee continues to work on the following projects:
- Gain recognition as a formal/affiliated member of the WHO’s Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN).
- Continue partnerships with EBMT, ASTCT, APBMT, AABB, disaster task force, and other appropriate organizations.
- WBMT’s preparedness in Ukraine crises with respect to HCT was published by this committee.
- Future Plans: The Global Emergencies and Nuclear Accident Management Committee plans to review the model for how this committee operates. • Gain recognition as a formal/affiliated member of the WHO’s Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN). • Write a consensus paper on the role of WBMT in radiation disasters. For this, a committee has been formed including radiation oncology and other experts.
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