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Clinical guidelines for the use of blood products in South Africa, 5th edition

The heart of transfusion medicine

The clinical guidelines for the use of blood products in South Africa is jointly published by the blood services in South Africa. Its aim is to provide clinicians with useful information about blood products and brief guidelines for their optimum use.


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The cost issue

Blood obtained through designated donation is more expensive than voluntary blood. There is no charge for the blood itself, but donors are charged for the donation procedure, testing, cross-matching and delivery.

You might also be charged extra if we have to obtain and transport blood from relatives outside of the Western Cape. And lastly, all charges are billed – whether the transfusion takes place or not.

When it’s a no-go

If you’re a woman of childbearing age, designated donation from your husband and his relatives is not advised. There’s a lot of science involved, but in short it boils down to the fact that it could affect the safety of future pregnancies.

A friend or family member may also not donate if they have: