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“Now that evolution of that thought, of well, there’s a connection here, can I improve outcome, could actually translate into what happens in transfusion.”
“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.”
“Blood is a very complex organ that we transfuse as the means of transplanting it.” For information about Patient Blood Management, read page 4 of Blood Health. http://bit.ly/4BloodHealth
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.”