Jeff Szer & David Ritchie, Royal Melbourne Hospital BMT
09 May 2019
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The Royal Melbourne Hospital's Bone Marrow Transplant Unit proves to be one of the best in the world. 

A recent study compiled by the US Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research included data from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, showing the RMH came in second compared with eight other international organisations.

“We’ve always kept an absolute devotion to data, once a patient becomes a patient, we never lose their data. We have data going back 30 years and we feel a strong responsibility to report our outcomes” Professor David Ritchie, BMT service head said.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program has doubled in size in the past five years, from 50 transplants to 100 per year.

Professor Jeff Szer, who established the BMT service at The Royal Melbourne hospital, said strong data collection has always been a prime mover of the department.

“Our department has always striven to be nationally and internationally competitive and the data from the CIBMTR analysis emphasize that we are an active department performing at an international level of quality,” Prof Szer said.

“The efforts of our data manager Jenny Collins were herculean but the outcome of the analysis was very worthwhile and was reflected in our excellent outcomes.”

The department performed its first transplant in 1986 and has since completed more than 2600 transplants, since its beginning there has always been an emphasis on data collection.

BMT research data

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