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Oral iron replacement programmes can be instituted; these are relatively inexpensive (particularly if iron sulphate is used), but the side-effects of oral iron are significant for some patients and compliance is limited-in a pilot study carried out by the WPBTS, compliance was measured at 70%.
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.
To reduce the risk of HIV transmission by window period donations the SANBS and the WPBTS introduced NAT testing in October 2005.
It is recommended that the SANBS and the WPBTS continue the national haemovigilance programme to ensure the safety of blood transfusion in South Africa.
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