Clinical Practice

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Use of blood components

Blood components are products containing cells or plasma derived from living human blood. Each blood component has specific clinical indications, benefits and potential risks.

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Clinical indications

Some types of anaemia, thrombocytopenia and platelet function disorders, bleeding disorders and massive transfusion are common clinical indications for blood components.

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Patient blood management (PBM)

PBM uses a multidisciplinary team approach incorporating individually tailored proactive treatment to conserve a patient’s own blood.

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Transfusion process

The transfusion process for the safe administration of blood products has a number of important steps that need to be followed from the decision to transfuse and informed consent right through to documentation and traceability.

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Adverse events

Adverse transfusion reactions are when patients experience an undesirable response associated with transfusion of blood or blood products.

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