Awareness on blood donation among the nursing staff

Rao, Purnima S and Saha, Debarshi and Rao, Sumesh T and Chakraborti, Shrijeet and Adiga, Deepa (2013) Awareness on blood donation among the nursing staff. International Journal of Advanced Research, 1 (7). pp. 610-616. ISSN 2320-5407

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Introduction Nurses, who primarily deal with transfusion of blood components must have a thorough training on the protocols to be followed in transfusion, which is an elaborate process and thus is amenable to errors leading to serious transfusion related injury. In centers lacking adequate manpower, donor recruitment and screening also becomes a part of the nurses’ duty. Methods 132 nurses in KMC hospital, Mangalore, India a tertiary care hospital were assessed primarily for knowledge and awareness regarding blood donation. Questionnaire regarding blood donation criteria, transfusion reaction and steps taken to manage such emergency were distributed and the data collected was analyzed descriptively as well as inferentially. Result 120 responders faltered in the awareness of at least one of the parameters. A majority, that is 56.82% were unaware of the age group permitted to donate blood. 29.54% of nursing staff were not aware of blood donation interval of 3 months. 38.63% of nurses were not informed about the minimum weight required for blood donation. 43.93% of the nurses had incomplete knowledge of the donor deferral criteria in the blood bank with respect to certain diseases. Discussion An interventional strategy in the form of repeated short courses with respect to blood banking has to be contemplated because a significant number of nurses faltered in the basic aspects of blood donation (p < 0.0001, in three parameters, p = 0.0007 in one).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blood component, Blood donation, Transfusion, Donor recruitment, Nurse, Awareness.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Anaesthesiology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pathology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2013 10:42
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 06:35

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