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close this bookSafe Blood in Developing Countries - The Lessons from Uganda (EC, 1995, 151 p.)
close this folderSection Five - Key issues in blood transfusion: The Uganda experience
close this folderChapter Thirteen - Other issues, and their solutions
View the document(introduction...)
View the document1. Which diseases are screened against - and which are not? and why not?
View the document2. The special problem of malaria
View the document3. Adapting laboratory methods
View the document4. The start-up equipment - and computer
View the document5. Transport, for people, supplies, and blood
View the document6. Voice and data communications - or lack of
View the document7. Funding staff salaries in a time of inflation
View the document8. Keeping records, or trying to
View the document9. All or only some hospitals?
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8. Keeping records, or trying to

Blood bank records are computer-based but always supported by manual records. The donor record file on the computer allows storage of all relevant information about the donor, the results of testing the blood, the distribution to hospitals, and the name and place of the patient who received the blood. With each unit of blood a utilisation form is sent, to be completed at the hospital, with details of use by patients of every unit of blood, and then returned to the NBB for entry into the blood unit record file. This system was successful only when a senior staff member made continuing efforts to receive correctly completed forms. This problem is not amenable to easy solution until the telephone service is reliable.