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BMC Research Notes

, 9:307

Health Services Research


BackgroundBlood is a valuable resource and blood wastage in a low socio economic country could impose a very serious impact on healthcare. This study therefore analyzes the usage and wastage of blood and blood products at the Georgetown Public Hospital Cooperation GPHC, Guyana.

MethodsA retrospective study was conducted on the data retrieved from laboratory blood banking information system on usage and wastage of blood products during the years 2012–2014 at the public hospital. The data were analyzed in MS Excel and SPSS 20.0.

ResultsA total of 16,426 units of blood were issued from National Blood Transfusion Services. During the study period the most frequently requested blood component was packed cells followed by fresh frozen plasma FFP, platelet, cryoprecipitate CRYO and whole blood respectively. Data indicated that 4167 units 25 % of blood were wasted due to various reasons at GPHC.

ConclusionsThere is a need for intervention through raising awareness among medical staff in reducing blood wastage.

KeywordsBlood usage Blood wastage Transfusion AbbreviationsGPHCGeorgetown Public Hospital Cooperation

WHOWorld Health Organization

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Author: Rajini Kurup - Audrey Anderson - Cecil Boston - Lynn Burns - Marian George - Marana Frank

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