10 November 2017 (Friday) - Whole Blood Transfusion ?

One of the most frustrating parts of my job is the ever-changing recommendations and standard practices.
For example back in the day, one unit of fresh frozen plasma had to be given after every four units of blood. Had to be given (!) No excuses (!)
Nowadays you’d be shot for doing that with no other rationale.

Years ago we used to have whole blood for transfusion. We’d give a unit of blood; cells, plasma, platelets, the lot.
Then “component therapy” was seen as the way forward. It makes sense only to give the part of blood that is needed. I’ve not seen whole blood in a blood bank for twenty-five years (or more).

But now it seems there is a place for whole blood again…

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