Blood is a precious fluid that can only be obtained by donation from another person. One donation can save several lives at once. Our team has been working on the topic of blood donation since 2019, when we conducted a study for the National Transfusion Service of the Slovak Republic (NTS SR) called "Improving the quality of donation for NTS SR", in which we investigated what factors influence people's motivation to donate blood and how to build a regular habit of donation among first-time donors to ensure a constant supply of necessary blood.
During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the NTS SR, we were looking for ways to stabilize the blood supply, as there was a problem that the number of donors began to drop sharply due to the fear of contracting the disease and the protective measures in place, not knowing whether they could go to donate blood during the declaration of an emergency situation in Slovakia.
Better coordination of the donation process for faster replenishment of the required blood and plasma stocks and cost-effectiveness, especially in times of shortage. And obtaining self-sufficiency of the Slovak Republic in the production of medicines from plasma and maintaining self-sufficiency in whole blood collection.