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Evaluation of nucleic acid testing for blood donors: One year study
Hussain Al-Turaifi
Department of Laboratory and Blood Bank, King Fahad Hospital, Hufof, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

Article ID: 100018IJBTIHA2015

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Alahsa - Hofuf – Alqarah
Eastern province, Code 4645 – 36351
Saudi Arabia
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Al-Turaifi H. Evaluation of nucleic acid testing for blood donors: One year study. Int J Blood Transfus Immunohematol 2015;5:19–25.

Aims: Blood transfusion is an essential management to save patients life in health care system. Blood is a potential source of transmitted diseases which make the safety of blood products important issue in laboratory medicine. Investigations of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI), especially hepatitis viruses and acquired immunodeficiency virus, are essential in all blood bank policies. Several methods were applied to screen blood products for hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses and acquired immunodeficiency virus.
Methods: Blood donor's samples for one year were collected and examined for hepatitis viruses and acquired immunodeficiency virus by using serological and nucleic acid testing (NAT).
Results: Comparative study showed that NAT is more specific than serologic screening testing for both hepatitis C virus and acquired immunodeficiency virus. However, NAT and serological tests are required to increase the safety of blood components from hepatitis B virus transmission.
Conclusion: This study is an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of introducing NAT for examination of blood components. National-wide study is required to evaluate the policy of blood screening program.

Keywords: Blood donor tests, Hepatitis virus, Nucleic acid testing (NAT), Transfusion-transmitted infections

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Author Contributions:
Hussain Al-Turaifi – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
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