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Author Mathai, J.
Source Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Content type Text
Publisher Transfusion and Apheresis Science
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Diseases
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Bacterial Infections and Mycoses ♦ Hemic and Lymphatic Diseases ♦ Diseases
Subject Keyword Hematology
Abstract Bacterial contamination of blood is being recognized more frequently now and is one of the serious complications of transfusion. Use of integrally attached collection systems and strict standards for skin preparation, collection and storage of blood and components have reduced but not eliminated the risk of bacterial contamination. As bacteraemia may be part of acute or sub acute infections, strict donor selection is warranted. The longer the storage time, the greater is the number of organisms and amount of endotoxin present in the unit and associated with transfusion reactions. Importance of haemovigilance system and awareness among clinicians on the potential complications will go a long way in reducing patient morbidity. New approaches for detection of bacterial contamination, pathogen reduction and developments in the field of platelet biology will increase blood safety. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Educational Framework Medical Council of India (MCI)
Volume Number 41
Issue Number 2
Page Count 6
Starting Page 139
Ending Page 144