Transfusion medicine: blood donations vergten better?

The demand for blood is groß, however, the willingness to donate of the German drops. Köcould a payment it ächange?

The blood donation services of the German Red cross (DRK) collect 70 percent of the blood donations für Krankenhäuser, medical practices and pharmaceutical companies

Fünf and six litres of blood circulate in the circulatory system of an adult human. "This quantity is about 5000 Euro wert", Professor Marcell home, langj&auml says;longstanding head of the Institute für transfusion medicine at the Universitäclinic of Magdeburg. The high price shows how the value of blood &ndash is; and how almost.

Although far üabout 90 percent of the donations für important, only 3.5 percent tatsäon the take blood tap. The Vorräte are already sometimes in short supply. And in the long term Engp&auml are;sse is to be expected.

Less Blood Donations

According to the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute in 2011 came to 1000 inhabitants, 95 donations, 2017, only 83. Langjäover the years and donor age, from a divorce due to jüsandy, Volunteers are scarce. "With a view to the future, the Trend is definitely besorgnis&shy is;erregend", Patric Nohe from the blood donation service of the Bavarian Red cross says.

Because blood is still used in many Places: not only in acute blood loss, such as after Unfäcases, or in operations, but also für cancer therapies, the treatment of blood diseases, as well as for the production of drugs and vaccines.

"Whether directly on the operating table or as a täresonance in medicine, blood saves tatsäactually Leben", so doctors home. Around 15 000 every day ben&ouml donation in Germany;needed.

Blood donation services

The most important supplier für clinics, medical practices and pharmaceutical companies the blood donation services of the German Red cross (DRK). You collect ­­about 70 percent of the donations, recycle them, sell them.

The Rest of the market universit&auml share;re, municipal and private facilities, the füthe bloodletting usually a Aufwandsentschäending between 20 and 25 euros. That of all the industry giants DRC, although blood, but no money fließt, find a lot of ­Experts problematic.

Incentives for blood donations

Above all, Georg Marckmann. The head of the Institute für ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MüMunich is üassured: "A financial incentive köcould move more people to donate blood." It was unfair to rely solely on the generosity of donors.

"The point is that blood is a precious resource, with the help of other people to earn money. Because the question must be allowed why donors should give it for free."

Coffee and Käsebrot genügene from Marckmanns point of view, not, dear wühe rde über Beträge between 25 and 50 Euro talk – depending on the time and logistical effort of the donor. In the second step, wäre prüfen, if pays a positive impact on the Spen­denbereitschaft impact. "I weiß not if it works. A try wäit’s definitely worth it."

Blood for money?

The DRK-blood donation service hält of the proposal, however, little. That no money will be paid, have schließto do nothing, wanted to deprive the donors something.

"We achieve with the blood of no profit, but to cover the sale price only our Kosten", stresses Nohe – and zählt on where the money is, among other things, fließt: logistics, preparation, safety checks, staff, Räume, machines.

This representation, however, is in doubt &ndash pulled; among other things, of other blood donation companies. In fact, the DRC has für the blood donation Segment on the balance sheets and no gains from – but angehäuftes Vermögen.

Fear of abuse

The DRC füon hrt yet another Argument against the remuneration: Für the safety of blood products and the protection of the most seriously ill EmpfäViking, it is important to rely on a trusting relationship with the donor – instead of payment, says Nohe.

There is the concern, then, is that money is the motives of the volunteers ungüinexpensive k&ouml affect;could. "Doing so increases the risk that someone false information for their own Gesundheits­state macht", befüafraid of this Nohe.

Very unbegrüis not the suspicion, like a view in the United States. There, at least plasma donations have developed in an alarming direction. Plasma is a blood component that is mainly used for the manufacture of drugs.

However, many of US Bücitizens donate more than does you good, cheating in matters of health, or to give, open to Finance with the money from their drug use. In the stäurban sub-layer ­have plasma l&auml donations;ngst as ­Geschäa discovery is established.

Strict Regulation

But läthe sst in Germany ütransferred? Köthe Qualit&auml could including;t the donations suffer? The Committee of experts working group on blood erklärt: "It is not scientifically proven that a Aufwandsentschäending für blood and plasma donors in Germany, the safety of blood and plasma products beeinträauthorized."

Also, transfusion medicine physicians Marcell home a rating of the risk as überschaubar. He refers to lücover testing for the prevention of infections caused by Blutpräparate. The conditions were extremely strict.

Plasma, for example, grunds&auml is;in addition für a certain period of time üin General not used. Only when the donor comes for a second Time, and all of its values in order, it may be used.

Also whole blood donations go through in Germany to strict controls and closely for infections such as HIV, Hepatitis or Ringelröstuffs examined. The donor benefit: you get a free health check on certain diseases.

Donors, on the other hand Because

Nevertheless, the DRC wants to maintain his course. "We befürworten the free-of-charge model and put the topic to the target groups in the Öto bring public, people of the urgent need for blood donation to übe convinced and to motivieren", Nohe says.

Außbesides, they wanted the donations as easy as möpossible &ndash make; for example, by digitizing the paperwork and the scheduling of appointments.

The DRC hopes to attract donors in a different way. Nohe: "Statistically, every third person is instructed in the course of his life, once on a donation. This concerns, köcould the decision easier."

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