Innovations in blood donor screening and blood collection.
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Blood donor screening and blood collection are two of the donor-focused activities inherent in the process of maintaining an adequate blood supply. Donor screening represents procedures to provide safety for both donors as well as recipients. Donor medical history questions are so cumbersome that self-administered manual, computer-assisted, or on-line donor questions are under consideration in order to reduce time involved in the screening process. Blood collection procedures remain primarily based on whole blood donations, but apheresis donations are increasing steadily. The yield of multiple transfusible units per donation, as well as quality and reproducibility per product, support the use of apheresis procedures or other automated whole blood techniques to help offset blood shortages.
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