Red blood cell transfusion in clinical practice.

@article{Klein2007RedBC,
  title={Red blood cell transfusion in clinical practice.},
  author={Harvey G. Klein and Donat R Spahn and Jeffrey J L Carson},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={2007},
  volume={370 9585},
  pages={415-26}
}
Every year, about 75 million units of blood are collected worldwide. Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is one of the few treatments that adequately restore tissue oxygenation when oxygen demand exceeds supply. Although the respiratory function of blood has been studied intensively, the trigger for RBC transfusion remains controversial, and doctors rely primarily on clinical experience. Laboratory assays that indicate failing tissue oxygenation would be ideal to guide the need for transfusion… CONTINUE READING

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