Metrics details. In the Soviet period, the blood donation system operated in Lithuania exclusively on a remunerative basis. After joining the EU, Lithuania committed itself to meeting the EU requirements to provide all consumers within its boundaries with safe blood products made from voluntary unpaid blood donations. However, the introduction of a non-remunerated donation system may considerably affect donors' motivation and retention.
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Is there a need to phase out replacement blood donors by voluntary blood donors in hospital based blood transfusion services? Background: Providing safe blood for transfusion is a responsibility of every blood bank. Screening for transfusion-transmissible infections TTI is one of the ways to ensure safety of blood and its products. Prevalence of TTI varies in different countries. It is low in developed countries whereas it is higher in developing countries.