DCRC holds specialist workshop for nurses
Dubai, January 22, 2013
Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre (DCRC) recently held a workshop for 22 nurses from Dubai and Latifa Hospital, offering specialist training on advanced methods of cord blood collection.
The workshop was sponsored by Cytomed and is the first in the series of six workshops that will be held this year.
The aim of the workshop is to ensure best quality samples are taken in the safest way possible and that enough cord blood is collected so that it can be stored, said a senior health official.
Fatma Al Hashimi, head of Education and Development Unit at DCRC, said: “Umbilical cord blood contains valuable stem cells that are stored at public or private cord blood banks for potential medical procedures including leukaemia, treatment of genetic disorders such as thalassemia etc.
“Presently, more than 80 diseases can be cured with the help of stem cells and therefore the culture of cord blood collection and storage is catching on.”
She added that since the centre’s establishment in 2006, more than 3,000 units of cord blood, from the UAE and other countries, has been stored. Of these units, five were released for patients who needed them for life-saving transplantations.
Al Hashimi pointed out that in 2012, since the establishment of the education department at DCRC, more than 700 units were collected, which is almost double the number of units collected in 2011.
“This shows the direct impact of health education,” she said.
“Today, mothers are aware of the benefit this simple procedure has and they understand that it is a form of health insurance for their families, which is why we are seeing a steady rise in the number of women who opt for cord blood collection at the time of birth,” she added. – TradeArabia News Service