Accuracy and cost-benefit of pooled versus singleton screening blood donations for anti-HIV: Impact on different blood bank set-ups

Lena Novack, Joseph S. Pliskin, Eilat Shinar, Jamal Safi, Batia Sarov

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Abstract

This study evaluates the accuracy and cost-benefit of implementing a pooled screening procedure in blood banks in general and especially in developing countries. The sensitivity of pooled testing was found to be relatively high, with the lowest levels estimated at about 98% for pools consisting of three, six, and 12 samples. Screening in pools of up to 12 samples is expected to be economically beneficial in countries with HIV prevalence rates of 8-10%, which cannot afford the cost of care for an HIV-infected patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-239
Number of pages4
JournalTropical Doctor
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2006

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