Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
Rev Bras Hematol Hemoter 2017;39:102-7 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjhh.2016.11.007
Original article
Seroprevalence, cost per donation and reduction in blood supply due to positive and indeterminate results for infectious markers in a blood bank in Lima, Peru
Jeel Moya-Salazara,b,, , Roberto Ubidia-Incioc, Maritza Incio-Granded, Jorgelina L. Blejere, Carlos A. Gonzalezf
a Hospital Nacional Docente Madre Niño San Bartolomé, Lima, Peru
b Universidad Continental, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Huancayo, Peru
c Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Facultad de Ciencias y Filosofía, Lima, Peru
d Hospital Central de Policia Nacional del Peru, Lima, Peru
e Fundación Hemocentro Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
f Hospital de Infecciosas F.J. Muñiz, Bueno Aires, Argentina
Recebido 21 Junho 2016, Aceitaram 29 Novembro 2016

Safety in Transfusion Medicine is subject to regulations and government legislation within a total quality framework. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of seroprevalence and indeterminate results on lost units and cost per donation.


A prospective cross-sectional study was performed in the Blood Bank and Transfusion Therapy Department of the Hospital Central de la Policia Nacional del Perú in Lima, Peru. All completed donations (replacement/voluntary) without complications were included in this study. Every donation met the institutional requirements and quality criteria of Programa Nacional de Hemoterapia y Bancos de Sangre (PRONAHEBAS). Data analysis was achieved using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences.


A total of 7723 donations were evaluated during 2014 and 2015 with 493 being seropositive (overall prevalence 5.25%) and 502 having indeterminate results (overall prevalence 5.35%). Thus total loss was 995units, 437.8L of blood and 49,750 US dollars. The most common seropositive infectious markers were the core antibody of hepatitis B virus (2.82%) and syphilis (1.02%), and the most common indeterminate results were Chagas disease (1.27%) and the core antibody of hepatitis B virus (1.26%). There was no significant change in the prevalence of seropositivity (p-value=0.243) or indeterminate results (p-value=0.227) over the two-year period of the study. A statistical correlation was found between the cost per lost donation and the most prevalent markers (rho=0.848; p-value=<0.001).


Seroprevalence was lower than the regional mean, but the prevalence of indeterminate results was elevated causing a great impact on blood supply and economic losses to this institution.

Seroprevalence, Infectious marker, Indeterminate screening, Blood donor
Rev Bras Hematol Hemoter 2017;39:102-7 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjhh.2016.11.007