Description of Iron Status in Blood Donors


Haukeland University Hospital




Iron Deficiency


Dietary Supplement: Iron supplement: Niferex 100 mg

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Description of the effect of standard iron supplement on iron status in blood donors Hypothesis: For each person in each group (group a "without iron supplement" or group b "with iron supplement") individual biological variation in reticulocytes, tested day 1 and day 8 will be described. Groups a and b will be compared on iron status from day 1 and day 8. H1 null: There is no significant intraindividual difference in reticstatus at day 1 and at day 8, in group a. H2 null: There is no significant intraindividual difference in reticstatus at day 1 and at day 8, in group b H3 null: There is no significant difference in iron status for the two groups, a and b, at day 1 and at day 8.

Full description

The purpose of the study: The purpose of the study is to describe intra- individual biological variation in reticulocyte parameters in established blood donors. The aim is also to compare iron status and reticulocyte parameters in a group of established donors who are offered iron supplement, to a comparable group who are not offered iron supplement, at the time of donation and one week after donation. Design: The design is a prospective longitudinal intervention-study, with randomised subjects to iron supplement/ not iron supplement groups. Materials and methods: Each subject will be tested with an extended test repertoire at the time of donation, day one, and the same test repertoire will be repeated one week after donation, day eight. Iron supplement is defined as100 mg of iron-sulphate (Ferro retard), taken once a day. Subjects are randomised into two groups; group a: "no iron supplement", n = 100, and group b: "iron supplement", n = 100. These groups will be stratified according to gender and age. Randomising will be done without knowledge of earlier blood tests. Subjects are asked to participate as they arrive for blood donation, by oral and written information. Questionnaire for established donors are used at day one. Day eight, follow-up of iron supplements will be controlled. Dropouts and withdrawal: Subjects who do not receive iron supplement are at risk of developing iron deficiency. Criteria for transfer to treatment group will be: Females: Hb < 12.5 g/dL Males: Hb < 13.5 g/dL These subjects may continue as participants in the study, but with a description of transfer to treatment group including date and treatment type (iron supplement type and dose, dose interval, treatment time, termination of treatment). Ethics: The study is approved by the regional ethics committee. All subjects must sign informed consent. Data analysis: Univariate and multivariate analysis are use for iron status variables, with separate analysis for each gender. Baseline data are taken at day one, at donation, and follow up testing at day eight. Dependent variables are haemoglobin, S-ferritin, total reticulocytes count, haemoglobin content in reticulocytes and percent hypochromated red cells. Independent variables are gender, age, ironsupplement/ no iron supplement. Biochemical tests: Test methods are specified, and instruments described. Biochemical test are performed at lab for clinical biochemistry, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.


400 estimated patients




18 to 68 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Must be accepted as blood donor

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

400 participants in 1 patient group

A: Niferex
Other group
100 mg Fe++
Dietary Supplement: Iron supplement: Niferex 100 mg

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