The measurement of donor hemoglobin is of paramount importance in determining the health and eligibility of the donor and the safety of the blood component to the recipient.
Anemia in prospective blood donors may indicate an underlying disease, may result in an ineffective blood product and may cause harm to the recipient. Thus, the measurement of donor hemoglobin levels as a means of determining donor eligibility is of paramount importance. This Guidelines identified several of the methods for determining hemoglobin levels. The advantages, disadvantages, technical aspects and quality assurance considerations of each method are described so that collection personnel can choose a method for their facility that maximizes both the protection of the donor and safety of the recipient.
By Ritchard G. Cable, MD, and Julie L. Houseworth, MD, for the AABB Scientific Section Coordinating Committee
(AABB, 2007, digital download, 15 pages, ISBN 978-1-56395-392-7)