On CUE: Streamlining the donation process without compromising safety

The Issue

“Confidential Unit Exclusion” or CUE allowed donors with risk factors for transmissible diseases to confidentially indicate that their blood may be unsafe for transfusion by placing a “do not use my blood” sticker on the record of donation.  CUE was implemented in the mid-1980s, but since then testing for transmissible diseases has improved. While initial studies showed CUE had some value, more recent data suggest otherwise.

The Evidence

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