Knowledge and attitudes of autologous blood transfusion among health workers in Fort portal Regional Referral Hospital

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Kampala International University, Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry
Background: Globally, Autologous blood transfusion (ABT) programs are not well developed and reasons differ from different countries. In East Africa including Uganda, Autologous transfusion has not exerted a significant impact on the transfusion requirements in our Centres and there is paucity of data regarding ABT. The main objective of this study was to assess knowledge and attitude of autologous blood transfusion among health workers in Fortportal regional referral hospital. Methods: Institution based cross sectional study design was used and simple random sampling was used to get 50 health workers. Data was collected by a self-administered questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS software version 21.00. Results: More than half of the participants 30(60%) were diploma holders and majority 28(56%) had worked for 4-6 years. 42 (84%) had ever heard of autologous blood transfusion but none had ever practiced ABT. Reasons for not practicing were lack of equipment and fear of side effects . Conclusion and recommendations: The study found out that ABT was not being practiced although all the respondents were willing to practice it if introduced by the hospital. The government through ministry of health should design guidelines concerning ABT and train health workers through CMEs.
A research report submitted to the faculty of clinical medicine and dentistry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery of Kampala International University
Knowledge, Autologous blood transfusion, Health workers, Fort portal Regional Referral Hospital