|LETTERS TO EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 98-100
Predonation deferral pattern: A single-center experience from Pakistan
Muhammad Saeed1, Abdul Waheed2, Farhan Rasheed3, Usman Waheed4
1 Department of Pathology and Blood Transfusion Services, DHQ Hospital, Mandi Bahauddin, Pakistan
2 Department of Allied Health Sciences, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
3 Department of Pathology, Allama Iqbal Medical College and Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
4 Safe Blood Transfusion Programme, Ministry of National Health Services, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan
|Date of Submission||13-Feb-2020|
|Date of Decision||27-Feb-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||28-Feb-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||17-Apr-2020|
Department of Pathology and Blood Transfusion Services, DHQ Hospital, Mandi Bahauddin
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Saeed M, Waheed A, Rasheed F, Waheed U. Predonation deferral pattern: A single-center experience from Pakistan. Glob J Transfus Med 2020;5:98-100
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Saeed M, Waheed A, Rasheed F, Waheed U. Predonation deferral pattern: A single-center experience from Pakistan. Glob J Transfus Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 May 28];5:98-100. Available from: http://www.gjtmonline.com/text.asp?2020/5/1/98/282678
Safe blood is a universal human right, and safe blood transfusion practice ensures quality in all aspects of vein-to-vein transfusion chain starting from the donors' vein. The donor's health is checked through a protracted procedure including behavioral screening and physical checkup to assess the suitability or eligibility of a blood donor. In certain cases, the donor does not fulfill the criteria set under the national standards, and he/she is deferred from donation either permanently or temporarily. These donors are categorized as “deferred donors.” Deferral practice leaves a negative impact and leads to a potential donor's loss due to negative psychological impressions. The present study was carried out from September 2017 to September 2019 to evaluate and highlight the donor deferral causes at a district hospital blood bank (DHQ Hospital, Mandi Bahauddin) licensed by the Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority.
Every blood donor was properly screened; donor selection and temporary/permanent deferral criteria were in accordance with National Standards and Guidelines. During the study period, 11,898 blood donors visited the center, of which 25.2% (n = 3010) were deferred (temporary = 67.6%, n = 2037 and permanent = 32.3%, n = 973). Majority of blood donors were in the age category of 20–40 years. As viral hepatitis is endemic in Pakistan, among permanent deferred donors, most common cause was hepatitis C virus positivity in 13.3% (n = 398) and hepatitis B virus positivity in 6.1% (n = 184) of the donors, followed by syphilis positivity in 4.0% (n = 121), malaria in 2.4% (n = 74), diabetes in 1.9% (n = 60), allergies in 1.2% (n = 38), over age (>60 years) in 1.1% (n = 36), hypertension in 1.0% (n = 1.0), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 0.9% (n = 30), and no case of HIV. About 37.7% (n = 1136) of the donors were deferred due to anemia; it is alarming that the second most common cause of deferral was alcohol intake 4.9% (n = 150) followed by drug abuse 4.6% (n = 140). Moreover, underweight and underage blood donor frequency was also very high. High-risk sexual activity was mostly noted in unmarried young donors [Figure 1].
The present study reported a very high deferral rate (25.2%). Multiple studies have reported a low deferral rate.,,,, In the present study, temporary deferrals were more frequently present (67.6%). Anemia was the cause of deferral imitating the burden of anemia in the general population, especially in female blood donors. This was in agreement with the prior studies., The present study concluded that viral hepatitis is the key factor for permanent deferral and anemia is the key factor for temporary deferral.
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