Apr
2012

Population-based screening for anemia using first-time blood donors.

Mast AE, Steele WR, Johnson B, et al.
Am J Hematol 2012;87:496-502.
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Review by : L. T. Goodnough
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Data from four blood centers in the Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study II (REDS-II) were assessed to determine whether readily-available blood donor hemoglobin values could be used as a surrogate for population hemoglobin values from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) database. The authors report that overall, first-time donor fingerstick hemoglobins from REDS-II approximated US population data from NHANES, therefore representing a readily-available public health resource for ongoing anemia surveillance.

– Lawrence Tim Goodnough