Agarwal Anshoo, Begum Saidunnisa, Chudasama Meghna, Raidullah Emadullah
Abstract: Blood transfusion is a complex activity in healthcare, constitutes an important part of various treatment protocols. Thus the indications for ordering blood must be fully justified to avoid over or misusage of this resource. In a 5 year retrospective study, details of patients diagnosis and indications for transfusion are correlated with whole blood and components transfused from the blood bank data base in SAQR Hospital, in Ras Al Khaimah UAE. It was found that 7, 045 blood units which were transfused, maximum blood was supplied to surgical wards; most common indications for transfusion were injuries during road traffic accidents, orthopedic surgeries and cardiovascular surgeries. Nearly half (52 %) of all blood was given to female recipients. UAE nationals received the maximum units of blood; most prevalent blood group among blood transfusion recipients was O +ve. Major usage of blood products transfused were packed RBCs. The study concludes that regular assessment of blood component usage followed by academic sessions for clinicians is recommended for effective and efficient use of available blood to patients in a life-threatening situation.
Keywords: Transfusion, Packed Red blood cell, Blood usage, Blood groups, Road traffic accidents