Muneeba Azmat, Nimra Haider Malik, Sara Haider Malik, Rahiya Binte Rehman, Ashfaq Ahmad, Fahmeed Khakwani, Muhammad Hammad, Ayesha Ismael


Background: Blood transfusion is an important supportive tool in the management of gynaecological and obstetrical cases. The World Health Organisation stresses on the necessity of safe blood transfusion. The aim of this study was to describe the transfusion trends in Gynae and obstetrics patients admitted to Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad, Pakistan and to identify difficulty in transfusion. Methods: It was a hospital based cross sectional study carried out in gynae and obstetrics unit of Ayub Teaching Hospital, during a period of one month. 80 patients were admitted and enrolled in the study. Transfusion rates, indication for transfusion, source of blood, type of blood donor and ease of availability of blood were checked. Results: Out of 61 subjects, 37 (60.7%) received blood transfusion mostly for anemia. In 54 (88.5%) instances of blood transfusion, it was self-arranged and in 52 (85.2%) cases, blood was donated by family and friends. Most declared the arrangement of blood a difficult job 24 (39.3%). Conclusion: the transfusion rate in ATH is very high and mostly blood is donated by friends and family. There is a dire need for educating people to voluntarily donate blood to decrease the difficulty in blood arrangement.
Keywords: Blood transfusion, blood donation, gynaecology and obstetrics.
Stud J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 2015;1(1):2-5

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