Red Blood Cell and Plasma Transfusion

June 1997
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;06/01/97 Supplement, Vol. 156, following pS12
Academic Journal
This article provides information on blood transfusion, the procedure involved in giving blood to a person through a vein. Blood is used to improve quality of life and often to save the lives of patients who need surgery or other medical treatment. Canada's blood supply is among the safest in the world. All donors are carefully screened before every donation. A common concern of patients is the potential risk of contracting AIDS or hepatitis through a transfusion.


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