Researchers identify new biomarker in quality of blood donations

A collaborative cohort of researchers, led by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus professor Angelo D'Alessandro, has identified kynurenine as a critical new biomarker in the quality of stored red blood cells (RBCs), ...


Donations needed: Nation's blood supply critically low

Severe weather across many parts of the country has caused a lot of problems, but one effect you may not have heard about is on the nation's blood supply. According to the American Red Cross, the nation's blood supply is ...


One in four patients in ICU receive red blood cell transfusion

For patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide, red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is common, with considerable variability across centers, countries, and continents, according to a study published online Oct. ...

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Blood transfusion

Blood transfusion is the process of transferring blood or blood-based products from one person into the circulatory system of another. Blood transfusions can be life-saving in some situations, such as massive blood loss due to trauma, or can be used to replace blood lost during surgery. Blood transfusions may also be used to treat a severe anaemia or thrombocytopenia caused by a blood disease. People suffering from hemophilia or sickle-cell disease may require frequent blood transfusions. Early transfusions used whole blood, but modern medical practice commonly uses only components of the blood.

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