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Research Paper | Public Health | India | Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023
Analysing Factors Responsible for Transfusion Transmitted Infections (TTIs) among Reactive Blood Donors in a Blood Centre of Himachal Pradesh (H. P.): A Retrospective Data Analysis
Dr. Anjali Shrikant Chavan | Dr. Shweta Kanwal  | Arsh Shrikant Chavan
Abstract: Background: Unsafe blood transfusion has the potential to transmit diverse infections to blood recipients. Apparently healthy blood donors could sometimes be harboring infectious agents of which they are not aware. The present study was aimed to assess various factors responsible for Transfusion Transmitted Infections (TTIs) among blood donors in a Blood Centre of Himachal Pradesh (H. P.). Materials and methods: This was an Institutional based study with retrospectivedata analysis from ?Seroreactive donor notification and recall register?and ?Donor counselling, consent and referral forms? of reactive donors at Blood Centre, Dr RPGMC Kangra at Tanda (H. P.). Data collected was coded and then entered in Microsoft - excel spreadsheet and analysed using SPSS version 24. Results: Out of 182 donors 179 (98.4%) were males and most of them in age group of 30 - 45 years. Previous history of jaundice in self and IV drug abuse was statistically associated with TTIs (p<0.05). Skin lesions like papules, pustules, pruritic lesions were present in 17.7% of VDRL reactive study participants at the time of post donation notification and counselling and the association was found to be statistically significant (p=0.00). Conclusion: A need for better counselling practices, and for privacy during blood donor selection in blood centre and in outdoor camps was felt. Test seeking behaviour in donors should be discouraged. Proper counselling at the time of notification is emphasised upon.
Keywords: Blood donor, Transfusion Transmitted Infections, Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus, HIV, Syphlis
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023,
Pages: 30 - 34