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Journal of Blood Transfusion
Volume 2012, Article ID 606753, 4 pages
Research Article

Ethical Aspects of Blood Donors and the Recipients of Their Blood

1Sanquin blood Supply, Plesmanlaan 125, 1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2Centre for Donor-Haemoglobin and Iron, Blood Bank, Department of Clinical Immunology, sec. 526, Rigshospitalet and Hvidovre Hospital, The Capital Region, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark

Received 5 October 2011; Revised 13 December 2011; Accepted 27 December 2011

Academic Editor: Jay P. Brooks

Copyright © 2012 P. J. M. van den Burg and K. Magnussen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To date medical care is inextricable based on blood donors and blood products. The continuing increase and intensification of tests and guidelines also results in a change in deferral and abnormal test results. Donors and recipients of their blood are faced with this information and are confronted with a kaleidoscope of thoughts and emotions. The discussion with respect to paid versus nonpaid donation is not new, but other aspects are less often discussed. We describe these other aspects for donors and recipients of their blood and hope to open the ethical discussion; if and to what extent we should have limits?