Adverse Occurrence type:
Alerting signals, symptoms, evidence of occurrence:
Between March 1, 2004, and May 31, 2006, bacterial culture testing was performed on 1,004,206 donations; of these, 186 (1:5,399) had confirmed-positive culture results. Transfusion of all but 1 of the associated 293 components was prevented.
Demonstration of imputability or root cause:
A confirmed -positive result was defined as the growth of the same organism in the initial and confirmatory sample.
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