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ABC of Transfusion – Blood services and Transfusion Medicine have become more clinical, scientific, well organised and consolidated over the last 20 years. More is known about the frequency and aetiology of the hazards of blood transfusions.

The ABC of Transfusion is a well established introduction for all staff working in blood services, blood transfusion departments, surgical units and intensive care, and all prescribers and users of blood. It is a comprehensive, highly regarded guide to all the practical aspects of blood transfusion, including the various complications that can arise.

This fourth edition of ABC of Transfusion includes five new chapters on all the latest issues including pre-transfusion testing, vCJD, stem cell transplantation, immunotherapy, and appropriate use of blood – reflecting the fact that transfusion medicine has been revolutionised. Useful as a practical guide, a refresher or for quick reference, it covers all essential transfusion matters and is an ideal source of information for all health professionals involved with safe and efficient use of blood.

TABLE OF CONTENTS – ABC of Transfusion

Contributors v

Introduction vii

1 The Blood Donor: Demographics Donor Selection and Tests on Donor Blood 1
Liz Caffrey Patricia Hewitt and John Barbara

2 Supply and Demand for Blood and Blood Components and Stock Management 6
Judith Chapman Peter Garwood and Sue Knowles

3 Compatibility Testing Before Transfusion; Blood Ordering and Administration 10
Marcela Contreras and Aleksandar Mijovic

4 Red Cell Transfusion 15
Mike Murphy and Jonathan Wallis

5 Platelet and Granulocyte Transfusions 22
Modupe Elebute Simon Stanworth and Cristina Navarrete

6 Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn and its Prevention 27
Fiona Regan Sailesh Kumar and Marcela Contreras

7 Fetal and Neonatal Transfusion 33
Helen V. New and Sailesh Kumar

8 Plasma Products and Indications for Their Use 40
Hannah Cohen and Trevor Baglin

9 Human Albumin Solutions and the Controversy of Crystalloids Versus Colloids  48
Neil Soni

10 Treatment of Massive Haemorrhage in Surgery and Trauma 54
Tim Walsh

11 Immunological Complications of Blood Transfusion 61
Marcela Contreras and Cristina Navarrete

12 Infectious Complications of Blood Transfusion: Bacteria and Parasites 69
John Barbara and Marcela Contreras

13 Infectious Complications of Blood Transfusion: Viruses 74
John Barbara and Marcela Contreras

14 Variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease and its Impact on the UK Blood Supply 79
Patricia Hewitt James Ironside and Marcela Contreras

15 Risks of Transfusion in the Context of Haemovigilance: SHOT – the UK Haemovigilance System 83
Dorothy Stainsby Hannah Cohen and Brian McClelland

16 Alternatives to Allogeneic Blood Transfusion 89
Dafydd Thomas and Beverley Hunt

17 Blood Substitutes and Oxygen Therapeutics 95
Kenneth C. Lowe

18 Appropriate Use of Blood and Better Blood Transfusion 99
Mike Murphy

19 Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies 104
Aleksandar Mijovic Derwood Pamphilon and Suzanne Watt

20 Blood Transfusion in a Regulatory Environment and the EU Directives 110
Shubha Allard Clare Taylor and Angela Robinson

Index 117

FEATURES – ABC of Transfusion

A comprehensive andhighly regarded guide to all the practical aspects of blood transfusion

  • New edition of an established reference from a leading centre in transfusion
  • Includes five new chapters on variant CJD, stem cell transplantation, immunotherapy, blood matching and appropriate use of transfusion
  • Reflects the latest developments in blood transfusion management


Marcela Contreras, DBE, Chairman – Blood Transfusion International; Professor of Transfusion Medicine, Royal Free and University College Hospitals Medical School, London, UK and retired National Director of Diagnostics, Development and Research, National Blood Service, London, UK

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