Glossary

A List of Commonly Used Terms in Blood Banking

Infectious Disease Testing

A set of tests to screen for potential (“relevant,” to use FDA terminology) transfusion-transmitted diseases required for every allogeneic blood donor. These are the currently required tests:

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Several things to note from this list: We perform three tests for hepatitis B detection. Four of the diseases are detected (at least in part) by nucleic acid testing: HIV, HCV, HBV, and West Nile Virus. The “*” by anti-T.cruzi testing is because that is the only test that is only required ONCE in a U.S. donor’s entire lifetime!

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