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Knowledge of blood transfusion practices among medical students and residents


1 Department of Pediatrics, LAU Medical Center Rizk Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon
2 Department of Pediatrics, Balamand University, Beirut, Lebanon
3 Blood Bank, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 College of Medicine Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Sabri Kemahli,
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, P O Box 50927, Riyadh 11533
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajts.ajts_150_21

A study was conducted to assess and compare the knowledge of blood transfusion practices among medical students and residents in Lebanese and Saudi medical institutions. The online survey consisted of 26 questions: 4 about personal data and experience with transfusion and 22 about knowledge on transfusion practices in the areas of blood donation and donor selection, production and storage of blood components, selection of appropriate blood components, administration of blood components, transfusion reactions, and complications. One hundred and twenty-six students from Saudi Arabia, 84 students from Lebanon, 31 residents from Saudi Arabia, and 23 residents from Lebanon participated in the survey. There were no significant differences between students' and residents' levels of knowledge. Similarly, there was no difference between the students' level of knowledge in the two countries. The correct responses (48% and 46%, for students and residents, respectively) were below the acceptable limit of 60% for both groups. This reflects the need for more vigorous and well-structured education and training for both students and residents.


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