As part of the Asia Pacific Blood Network (APBN) comparison of practice program, member countries review blood donor management practices to understand emerging trends in the region, and identify good practice opportunities which may benefit other members.
Our membership includes Australia, Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. From 2006, we have jointly collected information for a range of donor related measures, including age and sex distribution of donors, criteria for donation, donation volumes and frequencies, transfusion transmitted disease rates, additional donor health screening initiatives and donor deferrals.
Analysis of the donor management information both among member countries, and for individual countries over a period of 4 years, provides a useful window into some of the donor characteristics for our region. Whilst there are significant variations in population size of countries, there are shared trends in donor patterns subsequent to local disasters, reasons for donor deferrals, and the need for continued focus on relevant and effective donor retention and recruitment strategies. We continue to see lower red cell utilisation rates in Asia, in general a younger donor population with higher representation of male donors, and low haemoglobin as the single most common reason for donor deferral for most members.
APBN members are actively pursuing opportunities for shared donor management approaches, and the progress with these strategies in addition to an overview of regional donor measure is provided.