Author(s): Vedita Bobde1, Sanjay Parate2, Dinkar Kumbhalkar3
BACKGROUND: Transfusion requests are always more than the supply due to advances in health care delivery. Injudicious use of whole blood and blood components strains the transfusion services. This mandates the proper analysis of real need of transfusion and the discard of this scarce resource
MATERIALS & METHODS: Total 31143 voluntary and replacement donors donated blood during January 2012 to December 2014 in blood bank of tertiary care Government hospital in Central India. The donors record, transfusion transmitted infections (TTI) testing record, component preparation record & discard record during the same period were screened for analysis
RESULT: Out of total 31143 blood collection during study period TTI positive blood were 377 (1.21%) comprising of 13.4% of total discarded blood bags. Components prepared 19545 and discarded 1610 (8.2%). Among components discarded most common units were platelets due to date expiry followed by FFP discarded due to leakage of bag.
CONCLUSION: Analysis of reasons of discard of whole blood and blood components helps in forming policies to reduce the gap between demand and supply at local as well as national level.