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Blood transusion: use and abuse of blood components.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  664642     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Transfusion of whole blood and some blood components may result in serious or fatal complications, among which hepatitis is most frequent (20,000 to 30,000 cases and 3,000 deaths a year). Although hepatitis B virus (HB Ag) sometimes is implicated in posttransfusion hepatitis, non-A non-B. virus(es) (hepatitis "C" virus) probably accounts for most posttransfusion hepatitis. Half of all blood transfusions may be unnecessary.Responsible transfusion practice requires use of appropriate blood components for which there is adequate justification. Transfusion of red blood cells should be given as packed cells in most instances and whole blood should seldom be used.
D G Johnston
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Western journal of medicine     Volume:  128     ISSN:  0093-0415     ISO Abbreviation:  West. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1978 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-08-14     Completed Date:  1978-08-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410504     Medline TA:  West J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  390-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Banks / standards
Blood Transfusion* / adverse effects
Erythrocyte Transfusion
Hepatitis, Viral, Human / transmission

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