The management of a blood donor bitten by a snake

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The worldwide burden of snakebite is high and venomous snakes are found in many regions of the world and are a threat to public health. In Italy, for instance, viper bites are an infrequent but not negligible event. Although people who have been bitten by a snake rarely wish to donate blood within a "short" time, it is however important to evaluate their eligibility to donate blood or blood components as their donation could be a problem for donor management, especially if a specific policy is not in place. The aim of this manuscript is to summarise the worldwide existing donor deferral policy for snakebites and to provide some indications in order to facilitate decision-making and to guarantee maximum safety for the donors as well as for the recipients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number483
JournalAnnals of Translational Medicine
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Blood donors' deferral
  • Blood safety
  • Snake bite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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