Prolonged maintenance of 2,3-DPG in liquid blood storage: use of an internal CO2 trap to stabilize pH.

Abstract

A close relationship exists between the decrease in concentration of 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (2,3-DPG) and a fall in the pH of stored blood. Buffering the stored red cells with bicarbonate is one solution to the problem of maintaining pH during storage. The effectiveness of this buffer depends upon loss from the stored blood of carbonic acid in the form of… (More)

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