The District Institute of Science, Biotechnology and Innovation in Health (IDCBIS), center linked to the District Department of Health, will be in charge of supplying the necessary blood units to Pope Francis, in case the pontiff requires it, for any emergency.
The National Institute of Health and the Protocol Commission of the Vatican determined that the IDCBIS is the bank selected to offer the blood packets, consisting of red blood cells and fresh plasma, taking into account that the public blood bank is a national benchmark in all Quality processes and has emergency blood components, requested by the Vatican.
This Tuesday September 5, 2017, the IDCBIS will deliver in custody 7 units of red blood cells and 7 units of fresh plasma, to the Colombian Air Force, in the Military Air Transport Command (CATAM), to be transported, together with the Pope , throughout their stay in Colombia and may be used in case of an emergency.
The National Institute of Health, under circular number 1000-0027, also established the technical guidelines that provide the basic administrative tools, management and techniques, to prepare the response mechanisms of the national network of blood banks and services of transfusion, to give a timely response to possible emergencies in health, that may arise due to agglomerations.
The IDCBIS blood bank is a non-profit center, linked to the District Department of Health, distributes about 20% of the blood used in the capital and aims to provide blood units, primarily to public hospitals in Bogotá , with the responsibility of serving the poorest and most vulnerable population.