Paper Information

Journal:   HAKIM RESEARCH JOURNAL   WINTER 2008 , Volume 10 , Number 4; Page(s) 53 To 59.
 
Paper: 

ASSESSMENT OF VARIOUS MEDICAL GROUPS’ KNOWLEDGE OF TRANSFUSION MEDICINE

 
 
Author(s):  KERAMATI MOHAMMAD REZA*, TAFAZOLI M.
 
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Abstract: 

Introduction: Blood and blood components preparation, storage, transportation, and transfusion have a specific process each. Therefore, all of these stages have to be continuously supervised. This supervisory aspect will be appropriate when the responsible persons have the minimum necessary knowledge of the transfusion medicine.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 222 persons from different educational levels (including resident physicians of different specialties, interns, stagers, and nurses) of Imam Reza teaching hospital in Mashhad were randomly selected. A questionnaire containing eight questions was used to assess their knowledge about different aspects of transfusion medicine including storage, transportation, and possible transfusion reactions separately and in comparison with each other.
Results: Among the four groups assessed, the highest score (14.6) was for nurses, difference of which with other groups’ scores was statistically significant. After nurses, residents physicians attained the highest score (12.2). Among this group, residents of pediatric, internal medicine, and pathology had higher scores. Among different aspects of transfusion medicine, lowest knowledge of these groups was about settings of blood and blood components storage.
Conclusion: This study reveals a low level of knowledge about transfusion medicine among the various medical groups of the assessed hospital. Therefore, it is proposed to include a special educational credit on transfusion medicine in curriculum of residents and medical students. Moreover, a special committee should repeatedly review the various educational aspects and contents of transfusion medicine in the curricula of different educational levels, and update them according to accepted standards.

 
Keyword(s): BLOOD, TRANSFUSION MEDICINE, BLOOD STORAGE, BLOOD PRODUCTS, MEDICAL GROUPS, KNOWLEDGE
 
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