Blood transfusion can be a life saving intervention. It is important therefore that the quality and safety of blood must be assured throughout the process from the selection of blood donors through to their administration to the patient.
This requires donors to be between 18 and 65 years, weighing above 45 kg, haemoglobin above 12.5 gm and in a state of physical fitness. The safety is further assured by antibody screening and testing for transfusion transmissible infections. Only rational use of blood is advocated to ensure effectiveness.
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