Red blood cell survival following admixture with heated saline: evaluation of a new blood warming method for rapid transfusion.

We studied the in vivo survival of packed red blood cells (RBC's) which had been warmed using the new technique of admixture with high-temperature saline. Packed RBC's from five normal male subjects were stored in CPDA-1 at 4 degrees C for 14 days. They were then warmed via admixture with an equal amount of saline heated to 70 degrees C. Osmotic fragility… CONTINUE READING