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“Semmelweis’ observations are common sense, a response and observation of daily life. He was someone intelligent trying to see something, however, in his day, his recommendations were rejected and challenged and he was persecuted for them.” Gonzalo Cardemil Herrera, MD, is Professor Department of Surgery, Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile, Chile.
“A blood transfusion is the only organ transplant that’s done by a nurse. Yet a doctor writes it on a piece of paper, a nurse hangs it and yet it has huge implications for patients.”
In its first four and a half minutes, the film tracks through the history of blood transfusion, using graphics and archival material. It sets up what’s to come: a shocking revelation that what we thought was life saving is in some cases life threatening. Hard as it is to believe, medical science has never done […]
“Many clinicians think of blood and blood components as a drug to treat specific conditions that patients have.”
“We use this drug or therapeutic transfusion differently than any other therapeutic. We almost never give it to make a person better. That is to say if we were to give it back freely and restore normal levels, I think most would agree, patients would not do well.”
“What has happened over the years is things become embedded in medical practice by tradition. Some respected member of the community starts to do something and talks about it with his or her scientific colleagues and they try it and it seems to work for their patients and so gradually the word spreads.”
“At the moment you can, a physician can request blood on any patient.”