Evaluation of iron status in volunteers andautologous blood donors: are thereimplications for an extended blooddonation age?

Editorial: Transfusion
Fecha: 01/09/2012
José Antonio García-Erce, MD, PhD, Beatriz Pérez-Nevot, MD
Ana María Fernández-Ramos, MD, Isidro Prat, MD, PhD
Manuel Muñoz, MD, PhD

Finally, it must be borne in mind that blood transfusion
continues to be a scarce therapeutic resource. Recent
studies alert about a possible blood stock breakout in thenear future, mostly due to progressive population aging.
In this regard, as iron deficiency may preclude from frequent donations, offering oral or IV iron supplementation to those presenting with poor iron status may help to reduce the problem and retain donors,although possible that underlying conditions should be investigated.
Additionally, on the basis of Hb levels and iron status in
older ABDs, our results suggest that the current upper
limit of age for blood donation might be reconsidered,
even for first-time VBD donors (65 years in Spain). Thus,
unless there exists a medical contraindication, individualsolder than 65 years might not be initially deferred from blood donation, as they have very low frequencies of adverse reactions and are highly committed to donate blood.

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