Iron Status in Blood Donors. Barbara J. Bryant, MD University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas and Department of Transfusion Medicine National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland. Iron Deficiency in Blood Donors.
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Barbara J. Bryant, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Transfusion Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Focused medical history screening to identify causes of low hemoglobin values and depleted or deficient iron stores
Identify concerns requiring referral to PCP
Identify need for additional laboratory testing
Apheresis donors at our facility are routinely evaluated with a CBC prior to each donation
Recurrent low red cell mean corpuscular volume (MCV) values (< 80 fL) in the presence of an acceptable hemoglobin ( 12.5 g/dL) in a donor population could be due to:
Hemoglobinopathy, such as alpha or beta chain variant trait