International Journal of Current Research and Review (IJCRR)

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IJCRR - Vol 10 Issue 16, August

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Date of Publication: 27-Aug-2018


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Study on Blood Donation Among Medical Students of Udaipur City, Rajasthan

Author: Shiv Lal Solanki, Abhilasha Mali

Category: Healthcare

Abstract:Background: This study has been carried out to know the knowledge, attitude and behavior about blood donation among medical college students of Udaipur city. Human blood is an essential element of life and it cannot be substituted other than human blood. Blood is needed crucially for transfusion in multiple diseases, episodes of injuries and the only source of blood is donation.
Methods: This cross- sectional study was conducted in Udaipur city of Rajasthan on medical college students, to explore their knowledge, attitude and practice on blood donation. Sample of 150 respondents was studied, during the period of October 2016- December 2016.
Results: Majority of respondents was aware, and had the good knowledge on blood donation. Blood group \"O\" is a universal donor is also known to majority of the subjects. The minimum age to donate blood was known to majority of the respondents and most of them were willing to donate blood with a view that the blood donation is useful and beneficial to society. Very few of the study subjects have ever donated blood and the frequency of blood donation was observed more in male donors than female. Majority of the donor's preferred to donate blood to their relatives.
Conclusions: This study reveals that having good knowledge on blood donation, less number of respondents had ever donated the blood. Major steps should be initiated to overcome the obstacles with provision of adequate literature, advertisements and communication material for enhancing positive attitude of medical college students so that they start to take part willingly in voluntary blood donation. A good positive attitude may lead to higher eagerness for blood donation. .

Keywords: Voluntary, Awareness, Emergency, Relatives, Human life

DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.31782/IJCRR.2018.10161

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INTRODUCTION:

Blood is a very specialized body fluid of humans which deliver necessary substances such as nutrients and oxygen to the cells and help in transportation of metabolic waste products away from the cells1.

 Blood is manufactured by human beings and donation of blood by humans is the only way of acquiring blood to meet emergency requirements in cases of road traffic accidents, complications of pregnancy like ant partum and post partum hemorrhage, blood loss during childbirth, various anemic disorders and surgical emergencies2.

  According to world health organization, an estimated 38% of reported voluntary blood donations are contributed by people under the age of twenty five. World health organization also insists the developing and developed countries, to focus on young people, to achieve hundred per cent voluntary unpaid blood donation3.  India needs about 7 million units of blood annually and every year there is gradual increase in this demand4 due to various anemic disorders, accidents and emergencies. Millions of lives are saved each year in the globe, through blood transfusions, but the percentage of voluntary unpaid donors and the safety of blood transfusion is still a concern, particularly in the developing countries5.

It is estimated that donation by 1% of the population is sufficient to meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood5.  The World health organization recommends that the blood which is to be donated should be tested for some important infections like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Malaria as these infections can be transmitted by blood donation to the recipients6.

Blood services are facing shortage of blood all over the world. Demand of blood is rising day by day and the current blood donation is insufficient to meet the demand. The WHO has categorized India as having less than 10 blood donations per 1000 population, with voluntary collection of 50%--89% of the total blood collection.

The medical students were aimed at for conducting our study because they represent the potential blood donors among the young population pool of tomorrow for our nation.

OBJECTIVES:

To know the knowledge, attitude and behavior towards blood donation among medical college students.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This cross sectional study was conducted on 150 first MBBS students of Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital, Udaipur, during October 2016 to December 2016. Information regarding knowledge, attitude and practice for blood donation was recorded in a pre tested proforma, after obtaining the written consent from study subjects. Data was analyzed and results were expressed as using proportional percentage.

RESULTS:

 

The study sample consisted of (50%) males and (50%) females.

The study participants included age range of 17-21 years. (53.34%) of study participants belonged to 18-19 years age group followed by (32.0%) in age group 19-20 years. Minimum participants (3.99%) were of 17-18 years of age. The mean age of students was 18.95±0.71S.D.Years.

(78.0%) of the study subject knew that the blood group “O” is  universal donor, (76.%) knew about the blood group “AB” is universal recipient.  Majority (98%) knew, regarding 4 types of blood groups and (86%) knew for their own blood group. (80%) of the subjects knew that the 45 kg is minimum weight to donate blood, and (84.66%) were know that the 60 year of age is maximum age to donate the blood, (82%) were know after 90 days blood can be donated if donated once,  (33.33%) of the subjects have the knowledge about 350ml of blood volume is collected in one spell of donation and all (100%) subject were know that blood of the donor, must be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Malaria before blood collection.

 

Out of 150 study subjects, (96%) were willing to donate the blood, (98%) of the subjects believed that blood donation is beneficial to society. (66.67%) of the study participants had the opinion to take permission from elderly before blood donation. (95.33%) of study participants want to become voluntary unpaid donor.  All 150 study participants encouraged the people for blood donation.


Out of 150 study subjects only (14%) ever donated blood. Out of 21 who ever donated blood (80.95%) were male against (19.4%) female. (100%) of the subjects donated blood voluntarily and majority (66.67%) of donors donated blood to their relatives.


In the present study the cause of not to ever donate blood in majority was afraid of procedure (47.29%) followed by (31.0%) no one asked them, (9.31%) not supported by family and only (3.10%) were of the opinion that there is no need to donate blood to unknown persons.

 Discussion:

The 150 study participants, included age range of 17-21 years. (80%) of students had knowledge regarding the minimum necessary body weight for blood donation ie 45 kg. Similar findings (72%) were observed by Giri PA et al7. Majority (84.66%) of study subjects were aware of the appropriate age for blood donation ie 18 years to 60 years.  The appropriate age was known to (92%) of the study subjects in study by Giri PA et al7   while less values (11.7%) were observed by Hossein S. et al8 . Shahshahani HJ et al9 found in their study in Iran that less than 50% of the respondents were aware about the minimum age for blood donation.

(14%) of study subjects in our study, did not know their own blood group. This was similar to (18.18%) the findings of study conducted by Arun et al10.  Majority (96%) of study subjects showed positive attitude towards blood donation, against the values observed in various studies, by Hossain GM et. al.11 (82 %), S Manikandan et al12 (63.58%), Abhishek et al13 (93.77%) and Shenga N et al14 (87.23%). In present study majority (98%) of the participants  viewed that the blood donation is beneficial to society, similar to finding by Arun et. al10 (97.6%). Majority (86%) of study subjects have not donated blood ever, similar findings were observed (87.3%) and (75.4%) by Shenga N et. al.14 and Hossain S et. al8 respectively. In study among married women homemakers conducted at Tehran by Khadir M et.al15  showed that (24.1%) had ever donated blood and in another study in Palestinina central bureau of statistic16 revealed only (20%) had ever donated blood but in our study this data is low (14%) compared to others.  

 Among the donors in our study, majority of them were males (80.95%) against females (19.05%). Similar findings were observed by Shailesh K Mishra et al17 (75.8%) and (24.2%) on 1000 college going students at Chandigarh, while Hossain S et al8 observed (33.33%) male donors to (18.7%) females donors.

In our study the common cause for not to donate the blood was fear of procedure (47.29%), while Arun et al10 observed (31.34%), S. Manikandan et al12 in their study of Chennai, observed only (27.4%) while low figures (9.75%) were observed by Abhishek et al13.

No one asked to donate the blood for the cause (31%), was observed in our study, similar to S Manikandan12 (32.21%), and Arun et al10 (26.12%), where as Shailesh K Mishra17 observed only (9.8%), and Abhishek et al13 observed (42.68%) 

The cause due to fear of weakness for not to donate the blood was observed by S. Manikandan et al12  (12.61%) and Shailesh K Mishra et al17 (19.0%) respectively against our findings (4.65%).

In our study (4.65%) of the respondents did not donate the blood due to fear of contracting any disease, this finding is supported by the study of Shailesh K Mishra et al17 (4.6%).

No one asked them was the reason observed among (31%) of the respondents in our study, similar to the stusy by S Manikandan et al12 (32.21%), while Shailesh K Mishra17 observed only (9.8%).

No support from the family, the cause of not to donate the blood was (9.31%) in our study while Abhishek et al13 observed (14.6%).

 CONCLUSION:

It is evident by our study that greater knowledge about blood donation does not lead to high frequency of blood donation by medical college students. Special campaign is to be conducted to convert in to the actual blood donation by the medical students. If the medical college students set an example of blood donation on the eve of world donation day, that will in turn motivate and boost the morale of the community people for saving the human lives by donating blood. Voluntary blood donation by medical students with provision of adequate communication materials to masses, more advertisements to address the fears related to blood donation, shall increase the awareness among general masses in the society and it will also enhance the morals of voluntary blood donors to donate blood on regular basis to meet the challenges of blood transfusion of needy people.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

             Authors acknowledge the immense help received from the scholars whose articles are cited and included in references of this manuscript. The authors are also grateful to authors / editors / publishers of all those articles, journals and books from where the literature for this article has been reviewed and discussed.

Funding: No funding sources

Conflict of interest: None declared

Ethical approval: The study was approved by the institute ethics committee

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