TITLE

A PILOT SCHEME TO ASSESS THE SUITABILITY OF HAEMOCHROMATOSIS PATIENTS AS BLOOD DONORS

AUTHOR(S)
Griffiths, W. J. H.; Walton, J.; Caffrey, E.; Alexander, G. J.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA12
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Blood from patients with haemochromatosis is currently unavailable for transfusion in Great Britain. A potentially valuable resource is discarded because of historical concern about patient health and blood safety. Great Britain's National Blood Service recently moved to allow asymptomatic cases with iron overload but no liver disease to become normal blood donors. A pilot scheme was therefore set up to provide a vensection service and assess whether such a service could provide blood suitable for transfusion to patients. All patients with haemochromatosis undergoing regular venesection at Addenbrooke's Hospital in November 2002 and who met eligibility criteria for donation were offered to have their phlebotomy undertaken in blood transfusion.
ACCESSION #
13218861

 

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