Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Red blood cell use in Switzerland : trends and demographic challenges
Authors : Volken, Thomas
Buser, Andreas
Castelli, Damiano
Fontana, Stefano
Frey, Beat M
Rüsges-Wolter, Ilka
Sarraj, Amira
Sigle, Jörg
Thierbach, Jutta
Weingand, Tina
Taleghani Mansouri, Behrouz
DOI : 10.2450/2016.0079-16
Published in : Blood Transfusion
Volume(Issue) : 16
Issue : 1
Pages : 73
Pages to: 82
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Società Italiana di Medicina Trasfusionale e Immunematologia
ISSN: 1723-2007
Language : English
Subjects : Adult; Aged; Blood donor; Female; Human; Male; Middle aged; Switzerland; Blood safety; Erythrocyte transfusion; Models, Theoretical; Population Dynamics
Subject (DDC) : 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background: Several studies have raised concerns that future demand for blood products may not be met. The ageing of the general population and the fact that a large proportion of blood products is transfused to elderly patients has been identified as an important driver of blood shortages. The aim of this study was to collect, for the first time, nationally representative data regarding blood donors and transfusion recipients in order to predict the future evolution of blood donations and red blood cell (RBC) use in Switzerland between 2014 and 2035. Materials and methods: Blood donor and transfusion recipient data, subdivided by the subjects' age and gender were obtained from Regional Blood Services and nine large, acute-care hospitals in various regions of Switzerland. Generalised additive regression models and time-series models with exponential smoothing were employed to estimate trends of whole blood donations and RBC transfusions. Results: The trend models employed suggested that RBC demand could equal supply by 2018 and could eventually cause an increasing shortfall of up to 77,000 RBC units by 2035. Discussion. Our study highlights the need for continuous monitoring of trends of blood donations and blood transfusions in order to take proactive measures aimed at preventing blood shortages in Switzerland. Measures should be taken to improve donor retention in order to prevent a further erosion of the blood donor base.
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Health Sciences (IGW)
Published as part of the ZHAW project : Blutversorgung 2035
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