Transfusion of Blood Products When an ABO-Identical Donor Is Not Available


Ideally patients should receive blood components from identical and compatible donors. However, in certain emergency situations or when products supply is low, a patient may need to receive a product from a donor with a different ABO type. In addition, it may be rarely necessary to transfuse an Rh-positive product to an Rh-negative recipient. The development of red blood cell substitutes eventually may make such situations obsolete.

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