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Blood and Organ Donation Patterns of Trauma Surgeons

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Allogenic blood product transfusion and organ donation are critical components of modern medicine. However, only 5 per cent of the eligible population donate blood and only 53 per cent declare themselves organ donors. Trauma surgeons have an intimate exposure to these needs and their personal donation patterns may reflect this knowledge. A 14 question survey about personal blood and organ donation was sent to 635 members of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma by e-mail. Seventy-eight per cent of respondents have donated blood and 86 per cent of those donors have done so repeatedly. However, 83 per cent of respondents have not given blood in the past year. Medical reasons were the most common reason cited for inability to donate (45%). With regard to organ donation, 90 per cent of respondents have filled out the organ donation section on their driver's license and 89 per cent have discussed organ donation with their family. The rates of blood and organ donation are higher than the rates of the general population. Trauma surgeons are likely to be blood and organ donors. Their intimate knowledge of the importance of donation plays a role. Personal medical conditions that restrict donation were, among respondents, a more common cause of failure to donate than were time constraints.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Surgery, The University of Kansas School of Medicine—Wichita, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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