Recruitment of King Abdulaziz University Hospital Staff and Students as Regular Volunteer Donors
Blood safety starts from its availability to the safety of the clinical transfusion process. According to the WHO, a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid donors provides an adequate and reliable supply of safe blood. In comparison to family replacement donors, these donors hold a lower prevalence of bloodborne infections.# For that reason, the World Health Assembly resolution (WHA63.12) urges all Member States to develop systems based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and work towards the goal of self-sufficiency.#
⭕️Objectives & Methodology
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It also demonstrates that 86.2% have contemplated becoming regular volunteer donors. All of which, mirrors the awareness of the medical community at KAUH on this issue.
As statistics show?, ineligibility is a preeminent cause preventing donation, with @@@ people not eligible to donate. However, the most important modifiable limiting factor was time with a percentage of (41.9%) persons regarding it as a barrier. Fear of needles was a barrier in 22% of the sample. Lack of awareness (13.8%) and misconceptions (19%) were also limiting factors that can easily be modifiable and corrected.
⭕️Conclusions & recommendations
Through this study, it appeared that the following played a major role in improving the attitude of KAUH staff and students towards regular volunteer blood donation:
1- To raise awareness of the importance and need of regular blood donation, you must create information; you must destroy misinformation; and you must preserve the good will that you have gained and the donors that you have enrolled(4).
2- Simplifying the donation process, reminding donors of the possible dates of their donation, prioritizing and fast tracking them while giving them access to the donation facility and minimizing the waiting time would increase the number of regular volunteer donors at the...