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Table 2 Problems identified and suggestions on how to solve them

From: Quality of paediatric blood transfusions in two district hospitals in Tanzania: a cross-sectional hospital based study

Problem identified Strategies to improve Responsible authority
Unnecessary BT Training/supervision
-Use of standardised form-
*MOH/ZBB
BTs often a clinical decision Ensure fast haemoglobin measurement is possible
-Use of standardised form-
Management team within hospital
MOH/ZBB
BTs poorly monitored and waiting time is too long Training/supervision
-Use of standardised form-
MOH/ZBB
Recurrent BT in children, the majority within the last couple of months Training/supervision
Routinely outpatient follow-up after BT
Management teams within hospitals
The screening is not optimal Enhance the capacity of ZBB to be the reliable blood source ZBB
Majority of donors are still relatives and friends Enhance the capacity of ZBB to be the reliable blood source ZBB
  1. *MOH = Ministry of Health
  2. ZBB = Zonal Blood Bank