Transfusion medicine illustrated. Smokers as blood donors: what do their red blood cell membranes tell us?

Etheresia Pretorius Smoking exposes the individual to excessive amounts of oxidants and toxins, generating up to 10 free radicals per puff. It is not an exclusion criteria for donation, and up to 17% of donors are smokers (previously reported in TRANSFUSION, where the general Dutch population was used as a reference group in the study). Recently, it was… CONTINUE READING