Excellent article stressing the fact that transfusion safety today primarily has to improve safety regarding administration of blood in the clinics. Still focusing on safety of blood components may even draw away awareness and resources from these clinical problems which mean a significantly higher risk for the patients today. – Volker Kretschmer
Transfusion of homologous red globules: products, indications, alternatives, general method and recommendations. [Article in French]
The French agency on the safety of biological products did a superb job of synthesizing the world literature on the appropriate use of red cells and plasma. A group of experts first reviewed the existing data, the physiologic basis for transfusion of these blood products and prepared a preliminary document for review by another group […]
Reduction in erythropoietin doses by the use of chronic intravenous iron supplementation in iron-replete hemodialysis patients.
The authors from Taiwan state that they used “Ferrum Hausmann, a ferric polymaltose complex.” Under the same name (Ferrum Hausmann), iron saccharate (identical to iron sucrose) has been licensed in several European countries. The confusion concerning various iron sugar compounds gets even greater when one considers that “ferric polymaltose complex” was reported as being used […]