Transfusion Medicine

TESTING FOR BLOOD DONORS (MLS)

Learning Lab for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Author information
Alex Carterson, MD
Dr Carterson disclosed salary, stocks/bonds from Abbott Transfusion Medicine

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the history of blood donation testing
  • Describe the methodology of screening tests
  • Explain donor screening process
  • Describe Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Understand bacteria and parasites
  • Know other viruses that may be transfusion transmitted
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