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Vol 7, No 4 (2014)
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Blood transfusion service in Poland in 2013

Aleksandra Rosiek, Anna Tomaszewska, Elżbieta Lachert, Jolanta Antoniewicz-Papis, Ryszard Pogłód, Magdalena Łętowska
Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2014;7(4):111-124.


Background: In this study we evaluated the basic aspects of the activity of the Polish Blood Transfusion Service in 2013.

Material and methods: Retrospective analysis of the 2013-data supplied by the Regional Blood Centers.

Results: In 2013, blood and blood components were collected in 21 Polish Regional Blood Centers and 137 local collection sites as well as during 12 125 mobile collections. The overall number of blood donors was estimated at 598 689, the majority of which were non-remunerateddonors (597 890 — including 73 770 responders to donation appeals), as well as 159 renumerated donors and 640 autologous donors. Most frequent were whole blood collections(1 130 460) and least frequent — apheresis granulocyte collections (116 procedures) and RBCs collections (158 procedures). Whole blood donations were performed in local collection sites (46.67%), in Regional Blood Centers (27.13%) and mobile collection sites (26.20%). Mostfrequently prepared blood components were red blood cell concentrates (RBCs — 1 121 688)and fresh frozen plasma (FFP — 1 188 260 FFP units, 29.16% for clinical use). Platelet concentrates (PCs) amounted to 43 397 units from apheresis and 69 014 whole blood-derived. Additional processing methods (leukocyte depletion, irradiation) were more frequently appliedto PCs (30.34% leukocyte-depleted, 3.66% irradiated, 53.01% both leukocyte-depleted and irradiated)than to RBCs (13.21% leukocyte-depleted, 0.77% irradiated, 5.43% both leukocyte-depleted and irradiated). The percentage of PCs (13.29%) and FFP (7.22% units) issued for transfusion were subjected to pathogen reduction technologies.

Conclusions: Our study data may contribute to the assessment of the tendencies observed in Polish blood centers and may serve practical-benchmarking. This in turn may prove beneficialto the transfusion community as a whole.

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