ALEXANDER R. STEVENS JR., M.D.; JAMES S. LEGG, M.S.; BERNARD S. HENRY, Ph.D.; J. M. DILLE, M.D.; WILLIAM M. M. KIRBY, M.D.; CLEMENT A. FINCH, M.D.
The immense value of blood transfusion in anemia and in pathologic states associated with a depleted blood volume is well recognized. For the most effective use of blood, a supply must be immediately available. The natural outgrowth of the clinician's requirements has been the storage of blood in blood banks.
While the benefits of transfusion far outweigh the risk, there is a significant hazard in the administration of stored blood. The mortality from blood transfusion has been estimated to be as great as or greater than that from an appendectomy.1 The three outstanding dangers are homologous serum hepatitis, reactions due
STEVENS AR, LEGG JS, HENRY BS, DILLE JM, KIRBY WMM, FINCH CA. FATAL TRANSFUSION REACTIONS FROM CONTAMINATION OF STORED BLOOD BY COLD GROWING BACTERIA1. Ann Intern Med. 1953;39:1228–1239. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-6-1228
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