Informed Consent in Blood Transfusion: Knowledge and Administrative Issues in Uganda Hospitals
Bimenya, Gabriel S
Smit Sibinga, Cees Th
Transfusion and apheresis science : official journal of the World Apheresis Association : official journal of the European Society for Haemapheresis 2011 Feb; 44(1): 33-9
Blood as a transplant is not free of risks. Clinicians and patients ought to know the parameters of a transfusion informed consent. A mixed methodology to explore patients' and clinicians' knowledge and opinions of administration and strategies to improve the transfusion informed consent process was conducted. The clinicians' level of knowledge was limited to provision of information about and the right to consent to a transfusion. They disagreed on administrative issues but had acceptable opinions on improving the process. Patients perceived this process as a way of assurance of blood safety. This process is important and should not be omitted.
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