Blood Donation & Other Transplantation

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:39 by admin
The FDA is responsible for overseeing the nation's blood supply. Blood donors are now asked specific and very direct questions about risk factors that could indicate possible infection with a transmissible disease. This "up-front" screening eliminates approximately 90 percent of unsuitable donors. FDA also requires blood centers to maintain lists of unsuitable donors to prevent the use of collections from them. Also, blood donations are now tested for seven different infectious agents.

Unfortunately, such oversight was not always the case and even with today's tougher blood donation standards and screening processes, accidents continue to happen. Infectious diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis can be spread via contaminated blood. This was especially true in the early and mid-1980s when testing the blood supply for HIV was not possible. During this period many unwitting accident victims, hemophiliacs, and surgical patients received contaminated blood.

If you developed a serious infectious disease after receiving a blood transfusion, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Human Tissue Donation: Overview
  2. Medical Procedures: Overview
  3. AIDS & HIV: Overview
  4. Hepatitis: Overview
  5. Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury / TRALI: Overview
  6. Tuberculosis: Overview
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