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Clinical Temperature Management of Blood Products

An interview with Robert A. DeSimone, MD as published in Medical Lab Management, July/August 2017…

In this article by Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Dr. Robert A. DeSimone, he shares his experience with a small pilot study conducted at the New York Blood Center, and answers critical questions such as:

  • What are the risks and benefits of accepting and reissuing returned blood cell concentrates?
  • What has been the historical procedure when considering acceptance of RBCs without temperature maintenance?
  • What are the weaknesses with the 30-minute rule?
  • What method would you recommend the lab follow for accepting returned blood products?
  • What implications does your study have for blood bank practice?

The article may also be viewed online at Medical Lab Management.