Blood Banking in the AIDS Era
Even without AIDS, the hospital blood bank would be a highly specialized laboratory, dependent upon accurate and timely records for safe and effective operation. But when the 1980s epidemic heightened concern over AIDS and other blood transmitted diseases such as hepatitis and syphilis, regulatory agencies responded with new requirements for blood banks. All files must now be maintained for a minimum of five years to facilitate look back procedures in the event that either a blood donor or a blood recipient develops one of these potentially blood transmitted diseases. This requires that all blood donors and blood product recipients be linked by a detailed data trail collected and stored in the hospital blood bank.
KeywordsBlood Product Autologous Blood Blood Bank Transfusion Service Diagnostic Related Grouping
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