TITLE

The blood bank "black box" debunked: pretransfusion testing explained

AUTHOR(S)
Yazer, Mark H.
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/3/2006, Vol. 174 Issue 1, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article describes the procedures involved in pretransfusion testing performed by blood banks. Acceptable blood specimens for pretransfusion testing are ensured to have serologic compatibility between the donor and recipient. A screen test is done to determine whether the recipient has formed red blood cells (RBC) antibodies. A crossmatch is then performed to ensure compatibility between the donor's RBC and the recipient's plasma.
ACCESSION #
19229248

 

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