Category: Blood Transfusion

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Blood Transfusions: Why They’re Safer than Ever

Watch the news every night, you might get the impression that blood is is a sorry state. With diseases like ebola, chikungunya, and a new hepatitis c relative getting media attention all the time, you could be forgiven for worrying about the safety of the blood we’ve got available. People are understandably squeamish about blood at the best of times,… Read more →

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Synthetic Blood – A Game Changer

In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom will attempt the first synthetic blood transfusions on humans, as reported on Medical Daily. If the clinical trials are successful, it will be a major medical breakthrough in the area of blood transfusions. Scientists at NHS and the University of Bristol have manufactured red blood cells using stem cells… Read more →

The Importance of Blood Availability on the Battlefield

Getting a blood transfusion is not without risk. The life-saving advantage of a transfusion, however, far outweighs the risk. In a battle or war zone, blood is a precious commodity that must be supplied quickly and safely. One primary factor to consider before a transfusion is whether the blood donor’s blood matches the recipient’s blood type. Using a wrong blood… Read more →

Blood Transfusions and the Risk of Contamination

When we think of incidents that could lead to charges of medical malpractice, the list might include misdiagnoses, anesthesia errors, and surgical negligence. But, what about blood contamination? Transfusion-transmitted infections may not be as common as other types of negligent-associated maladies and injuries, but the impact on the victim can be just as devastating. Exposure to contaminated blood through transfusions… Read more →

The History of Blood Transfusions

Every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of a blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. Thanks to the efficiency of current practices, in most scenarios that blood is already on the shelf awaiting the need. The fact that most patients can be given a transfusion at a moment’s notice saves countless lives every year.… Read more →