National Blood Collection & Utilization Survey
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2009 National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey Report (NBCUS) provides statistics on the collection and transfusion of blood from calendar year 2008, identifies trends and compares current findings with those of the five previous nationwide surveys conducted since 1998.
According to the report, nearly 17.3 million components of blood were collected in 2008, including whole blood, red blood cells, platelets, plasma, cryoprecipitate, and granulocytes. This represents an increase of 6.9 percent since the last national survey, which was taken in 2007 (data from calendar year 2006). The amount of whole blood and red blood cells transfused in 2008 was more than 15 million units. The more than 2 million units of non-transfused blood components suggests a blood surplus in a few areas around the nation, but 13.2 percent of hospitals surveyed reported supply shortages.
The 2009 National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. The NBCUS Report offers a comprehensive analysis of information collected biennially from blood centers and hospitals throughout the U.S. The findings will be used to support important blood-related initiatives by the federal government as well as within the transfusion medicine community.
2009 NBCUS Report
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2005 NBCUS Report
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