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August 4, 2016 – The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation recommends that individuals with thalassemia who intend on travelling internationally inform their doctor about travel plans. With careful planning, your doctor can create a transfusion schedule that will help you avoid emergencies during your trip. Don’t forget that this careful planning should include the transfusion upon your return, not just the transfusion before departure.
Weather and other local or international disruptions of travel can cause patients to come home more anemic than usual. It is in everyone’s best interest – patients, thalassemia team and health centers – to avoid the need for “urgent” transfusions upon return.
Ask your doctor if they have recommendations for healthcare providers in the area where you will be travelling in the case that you still require medical assistance during your visit. For additional assistance locating healthcare providers around the globe, contact the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF). Contact information for TIF is listed below.
Thalassemia International Federation
Telephone: +357 22 319 129
Patients with thalassemia who live in the United States and are planning international travel should be aware that the health care delivery system in other countries may differ significantly from that of the United States. The Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) issues the following recommendations to thalassemia patients who intend to travel to another country:
When TIF receives the information on the institution/city/country, TIF then: