Making British blood supply safer

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1674 (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1674
  1. Peter Flanagan
  1. Chairman UKBTS Standing Advisory Committee on Transfusion Transmitted Infection, National Blood Service, Leeds LS15 7TW

    EDITOR,—L A Kay states that the blood supply in Britain could be made safer, specifically identifying the absence of routine screening for HTLV antibody and hepatitis B core antibody and the failure to introduce quarantining of frozen components as specific causes for concern.1

    Several factors contribute to the overall safety of the blood supply. The use of appropriate donor exclusion criteria in conjunction with well documented quality assurance programmes is at least as important as the number of screening tests undertaken in determining the …

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