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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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OCHOA ORTEGA, Max Ramiro et al. Potential blood donors in a community doctor´s office. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.1, pp.76-85. ISSN 1561-3194.

Introduction: blood donations are an altruistic act requiring individuals with willingness and readiness. Objective: to characterize the potential blood donors in a community doctor´s office. Material and Method: the research was made in the doctor´s office number 16 of Hermanos Cruz Neighborhood, in the period between November 1 and December 31, 2012. It is a descriptive, observational, cross-sectional research. The universe was composed of 568 patients from 18 to 65 years old belonging to the office 16 and the sample was 533 individuals who met the inclusion criteria. Medical ethics was respected. Results: predominance of female and unfit people to donate in the sample analyzed. The group of donors willing to donate exceeded the 5% required to secure blood donations. Males predominated among donors, willing and unwilling to donate, and females predominated among the unfit. Most of the unfit take medications contraindicated to donate. Most unwilling people were afraid of the puncture. Conclusions: adequate educational intervention strategy would eliminate some of these fears and will help people overcome them. To do this, it should be raised awareness about the importance of donations and its usefulness. New donors should morally be encouraged to know how useful the donation act is.

Keywords : Blood donors; Blood.

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