Department of Pathology, Mt. Clemens General Hospital, 1000 Harrington Boulevard, Mt. Clemens, MI.
The effect of short-term, temporary deferral on future blood donation
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2002
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 181–183, February 1998
How to Cite
Halperin, D., Baetens, J. and Newman, B. (1998), The effect of short-term, temporary deferral on future blood donation. Transfusion, 38: 181–183. doi: 10.1046/j.1537-2995.1998.38298193102.x
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2002
- Received for publication April 1, 1997; revision received Au gust 8, 1997; and accepted August 18, 1997
BACKGROUND: Most blood donor deferrals are temporary and short-term. The effect of short-term, temporary deferral (STTD) on blood donor return rates and subsequent blood donations is an important issue. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Donors given STTDs during the first 3 months of 1993 were computer-matched with nondeferred donors on the basis of age, sex, and donation date. Computer records were evaluated during the next 4.25 years (4/93-6/97) to determine donor return rates and subsequent blood donations. RESULTS: The most common reasons STTD were low hemoglobin (46%), colds and/or sore throats (19%), and elevated temperature (10%). Nondeferred donors were 29 percent more likely than donors with STTD to return over the next 4.25 years (80% vs. 62%), and nondeferred donors donated 81 percent more whole blood units (13,798 vs. 7,615) over the same period. CONCLUSION: The study showed that STTD have a very negative impact on blood donor return rates and subsequent blood donations. Actions to alleviate these negative effects are indicated.