SANBSSouth African National Blood Service
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SANBS collects 780,000 units of blood annually (100% voluntary), and has two testing centres (Johannesburg and Durban), seven blood processing centres, and 79 blood banks serving over 1,000 hospitals and clinics.
Sensitivity of NAT Options: The SANBS Experience, South African National Blood Service (SANBS).
said Professor Anthon Heyns, the chief executive officer of SANBS.
The challenge to implement NAT in the entire country within such a short period is feasible due to the commitment of the highly motivated professional team of SANBS.
As with the SANBS, routine measurement of ferritin levels is not performed.
As such, the SANBS has embarked on a study of its donors in which an FBC, iron studies and ferritin levels will be done on a cohort of donors nationally; a sample of WPBTS donors will also be included.
At no point does SANBS suggest that high-risk sexual practices are exclusive to the gay community, hence the self-exclusion questionnaire's comprehensive set of questions regarding various sexual activities and practices.
It is easy to get lost in all the numbers and emotions, but at SANBS we have the very tough responsibility of weighing up the right of an individual to donate blood against that of a patient to receive blood that is as safe as it is humanly possible to make it.
1 gives the prevalense rate of HIV among SANBS donors.
The SANBS uses the copper sulphate specific gravity method for primary screening --it is cheap and easy, and widely used in blood centres worldwide.
In 80/144 cases blood was generated from processing, equating to a total of 55 735 ml, which is the equivalent of 186 units of RCC from the SANBS.
Following the publicity surrounding the expose of the allegedly 'racist' practices of the SANBS, the Minister of Health ordered the SANBS to treat blood donated by all South Africans in the same manner.