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Blood transfusion 

Blood transfusion
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Blood transfusion
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10.1093/med/9780199299676.003.18
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date: 21 July 2019

Introduction 232

Safe transfusion practice 233

Risks of blood transfusion 234

Special requirements 237

ABO compatibility 238

Red cells 239

Indications for red cell transfusion 240

Massive transfusion 240

Platelets 241

Granulocytes 242

Plasma components 242

Patients with malignant disease frequently have potentially dangerous cytopenias or coagulation disturbances as a result of their disease and its treatment. The ability to support patients with appropriate blood component transfusion has made a major contribution to improved survival. Knowledge of the availability of a wide range of blood components and how they are produced, stored, selected, and administered under carefully quality controlled conditions is fundamental to oncological practice....

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