Blood safetyat what cost? [Editorial]

This editorial summarizes in a very concise way all the various aspects arising from the article of Heyns et al in the same issue of the journal. – Volker Kretschmer

The risk associated with aprotinin in cardiac surgery.

To read the commentary by Dean A. Fergusson, MHA, PhD, from the University of Ottawa Centre for Transfusion Research, please click here. See also the comment by Robert J. Porte, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, Section Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, and Herman G.D. Hendriks, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center Groningen, The […]

Salmonella sepsis caused by a platelet transfusion from a donor with a pet snake.

This article is interesting but the authors’ conclusion fails to satisfy. Both the donor and his daughter suffered from diarrhea 2 to 3 weeks before donation and were successfully treated with antibiotics. Blood donation was thus unacceptable. One should conclude that donors having suffered from unclear diarrhea for 3 to 4 weeks (not donors having […]

Bacterial contamination of blood products: Factors, options, and insights.

Very good paper providing an excellent review on bacterial risk. However, data from Europe are not included (e.g., England’s “SHOT” study). In addition, undetected leakage of the more and more complicated multiple bag systems for universal inline filtration is not mentioned. – V. Kretschmer.

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