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Vol 4, No 3 (2011)
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Donor-recipient repositories and improvement of blood transfusion safety

Ewa Brojer, Piotr Grabarczyk, Paulina Zwolińska, Anna Bielecka, Andrzej Szczepiński, Magdalena Łętowska
Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2011;4(3):136-142.

Abstract

The study discusses the significance of post-transfusion donor/recipient sample banking for hepatitis C virus identification and development of diagnostic tests. The reasons for donor/ /recipient sample archiving, which is obligatory in some countries, are forwarded together with characteristics and achievements of such repositories worldwide. The importance of emergingpathogen monitoring and the role of donor/recipient repositories in this context was also stressed. Particular attention was paid to the EU “Blood and Organ Transmissible Infectious Agents Project” as example of such repository prepared by a Consortium of scientific research centers from Belgium, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Great Britain.
J. Transf. Med. 2011; 3: 136–142

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