Journal of Family and Community Medicine

: 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79--84

A review of predonation blood donor deferrals in a university hospital

Layla A.M. Bashawri 
 College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Layla A.M. Bashawri
Consultant Haemopathologist, King Fahd Hospital of the University, P.O. Box 2208, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia

Objectives: To study the main causes of predonation deferral of potentially healthy prospective blood donors in a University Hospital Blood Bank unit, and to make recommendations accordingly. Methods: A retrospective review of the main causes of predonation deferral of blood donors in King Fahd Hospital of the University (KFHU) Al-Khobar, was carried out. Records of all predonation deferrals from 1 st January 1996 to 31 st December 2003 were reviewed and analyzed. Results: A total of 33,900 potential blood donors came to donate blood during the study period. A total of 6508 donors (19.2%) were deferred for various reasons. Analysis of the causes of deferral showed the following as the most common reasons in rank order: (1) recent ingestion or taking of counter-indicative medications; (2) low hematocrit level; (3) underweight; (4) abnormally high pulse rate; (5) low blood pressure; (6) temperature above 37.5 [0] C; (7) High blood pressure; (8) presenting for donation too soon i.e. less than 8 weeks after the previous one; (9) age below or above the accepted limit; (10) a previous serological positive result; (11) general appearance; (12) abnormally low pulse rate. Conclusion and Recommendations: It is important to provide donors with a clear message on their deferral status. Increased public education about blood donation and the common causes of donor deferral may lower deferral rates and prevent a negative impact on the donor himself as well as on subsequent blood donations. Public education is needed also to help recruit as many volunteer donors as possible.

How to cite this article:
Bashawri LA. A review of predonation blood donor deferrals in a university hospital.J Fam Community Med 2005;12:79-84

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Bashawri LA. A review of predonation blood donor deferrals in a university hospital. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 2005 [cited 2021 May 15 ];12:79-84
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