Author(s): Newman BH
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Abstract Approximately 3\% to 3.5\% of the US population donates whole blood each year. Physicians might be approached by a blood donor because of a donor suitability issue, a positive postdonation test, or a donation-related complication. Approximately 83\% of blood donors successfully donate; but 13\% are rejected because of a donor suitability issue; 1\% have a positive test, which is often nonspecific or false-positive; and 2\% to 4\% of the phlebotomies are not successful. The most common adverse physical events based on donor interviews are bruise (23\%), sore arm (10\%), fatigue (8\%), and vasovagal reaction (7\%), while uncommon events include nerve irritation (0.9\%), syncope (0.1-0.3\%), and arterial puncture (0.01\%). One in 3400 donors (0.033\%) report seeking outside medical care. Serious injuries occur but are very rare. More often, blood donors do well and feel satisfied with the blood donation experience.
This article was published in Curr Hematol Rep
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion