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Criminal and Civil Responsibility of the Donor in a Case of Transmission of Malaria by a Blood Transfusion in a Nonendemic Country

Authors
  • Wagner, Thomas
  • Stadlbauer, Vanessa
  • Stöger, Karl
  • Schorna, Karin
  • Zink, Michael
Type
Published Article
Journal
Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Jun 10, 2022
Volume
49
Issue
4
Pages
230–233
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000525103
Source
Karger
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Case Report
License
Green
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Abstract

Introduction: The blood donation process is strictly regulated by law. The process includes the necessity of a medical history taken to determine if a donor is suitable to donate, which shall guarantee both donor and recipient safety. Supplementary screening for a limited number of infections is performed by antibody (HIV, HCV, syphilis) or antigen (HBV) tests or NAT (HIV, HCV, HBV). Case Presentation: With regard to a possible infection due to (sexual) risk behavior or foreign travel, blood donation facilities are predominantly dependent on information provided by the donor. This is especially true for malaria in nonendemic areas such as Europe. Transmission of malaria by a blood transfusion in a nonendemic country that led to fulminant septic shock and death of the patient happened. Discussion: From a legal perspective, the donor thus assumes a high level of responsibility with regard to the accuracy and completeness of the information provided on the donor questionnaire. Incorrect information may, as in this Austrian case reported, result in civil or criminal responsibility of the donor.

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