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Preoperative autologous donation: surgery clinic staff knowledge/attitudes. Preoperative Autologous Blood Donation Study Group



Preoperative autologous donation: surgery clinic staff knowledge/attitudes. Preoperative Autologous Blood Donation Study Group



Journal of Clinical Apheresis 9(3): 168-170



Preoperative autologous blood donation (PABD) is both under- and overused. Although the decision to order PABD lies with the surgeon, it is quite likely that other surgery clinic personnel influence patient acceptance and enrollment into PABD programs. Accordingly, we measured knowledge, attitudes, and the referral practice of clinic personnel pertaining to PABD. We administered a questionnaire to 102 nurses and 33 clerks working in surgery clinics at three university medical centers--one center in an area with a high incidence of AIDS and two centers in areas of low incidence of AIDS. Knowledge of PABD was poor when assessed by six questions. Only 6% each of nurses and clerks answered all questions correctly; 55% of nurses and 54% clerks missed three or more of the six questions. Surprisingly, no differences (P > .05) in knowledge deficits were noted when personnel from high and low AIDS areas were compared--indicating an overall need for education about PABD. In general, attitudes about PABD were positive, as most respondents (63%) gave favorable answers. Clinic personnel from the high AIDS area had even more favorable attitudes (P = .02). Because of these favorable attitudes, it seems likely that educational programs dealing with PABD would be readily accepted by clinic personnel. Greater knowledge should enhance the effectiveness of clinic staff in identifying, counseling, and referring eligible patients for this service.

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