Processes and Software Building 28: Donor Questionnaire

Donor Collection 6

I started building this using the Uniform Donor Questionnaire UDQ from the AABB;  however, I modified it to include coverage for Chikungunya, Zika, etc. and to include enhanced processes for malaria based on the Australian Red Cross.

For each screening question, I prepared the exact wording (usually the UDQ’s) and set the deferral to temporary (how many days) or permanent.

Some questions were more open-ended, and the interviewer manually entered a medication, surgical procedure, etc.  The transfusion physician would review this and assign a temporary (specifying the interval) or permanent deferral.

The questionnaire was constantly being updated by changes.  My role was to review different accreditation systems (AABB, CE, etc.) and the World Health Organization’s websites.  I would then prepare an interim policy and pass the specifications for the changes to the Medinfo software engineer and when ready, finally to the Super Users for testing.  If there was an urgent change, the whole process could be completed in less than one day including validation testing.

The following shows examples of the software processes:

  1. Medications
  2. Body fluid exposures
  3. Vaccinations
  4. Malaria
  5. Ebola/Zika

I emphasize that all of these settings are user-definable (at least in jurisdictions that permit all open, non-turnkey software).

Medication Questions:


Blood and Body Fluid Exposures:

Malaria Example:  DMAL refers to the malaria antibody test.

Ebola and Zika Examples: