27 June 2019 (Thursday) - Transfusion Evidence Alert

The Transfusion Evidence Alert email came into my in-box this morning. As always there was far more that I could possibly take in in any one sitting, but one article made me think.
Older blood… does the age of transfused blood have any bearing on a patient’s clinical outcome. Obviously the stuff doesn’t last forever; it comes with an expiry date. But does giving older or fresher blood matter? Now it would seem that giving fresher blood to trauma cases reduces mortality.
Something to bear in mind? Especially as a trauma case requiring a *lot* of blood may well be seen as a way to shift the old stock?

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