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Errors in transfusion: causes and measures to avoid them

Massimo Franchini

Abstract

Adverse events related to medical errors are common worldwide and largely unreported. However, they represent a serious problem within the health care community, resulting in avoidable loss of life and/or extremely high costs. Likewise, errors in transfusion medicine, which most frequently involve misidentification of the patient, not rarely may have life-threatening consequences. In this review, the errors related to blood transfusion are briefly summarized along with new technologies developed for improving blood safety.

Clin Chem Lab Med 2010;48:1075–7.


Corresponding author: Massimo Franchini, MD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Immunohematology and Transfusion Center, University Hospital of Parma, Parma, Italy Phone: +39-0521-703192, Fax: +39-0521-703197,

Received: 2010-4-8
Accepted: 2010-4-19
Published Online: 2010-06-28
Published in Print: 2010-08-01

©2010 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin New York