The truth about blood

There is no doubt that, when necessary, donated blood save lives. But a growing number of medical professionals are questioning whether, in many cases, the benefits of a blood transfusion outweigh the risks. While dozens of studies suggest that transfusions are linked to serious risks, many experts say the current research is inconclusive.

This year the Centers for Disease Control launched the United States’ first national program to track problems related to transfusions in hospitals across the country. Working with AABB (formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks) the CDC hopes to get a better picture of what’s going wrong and what’s going right in transfusion medicine. Barbee Whitaker, director of data and special programs at AABB, talked to Need to Know about the importance of this new “hemovigilance” program.

 
SUGGESTED STORIES

Comments

  • http://jwitness.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/video-ii-the-truth-about-blood-need-to-know-pbs/ Video II: The truth about blood | Need to Know | PBS | The News

    [...] Video: The truth about blood | Need to Know | PBS. This entry was posted in Jehova, Jehovah, blood, jehovah's witnesses, jehovahswitnessesnews, jwitness, jwnews, transfusion and tagged blood, Jehovah, Jehovah's Witnesses, jehovahswitnessnews, jehovahwitnessnews, jwitness, jwnews, religion, transfusion. Bookmark the permalink. ← Video I: The truth about transfusions | Need to Know | PBS [...]

  • Rachael in Idaho

    I am very interested in this topic. My mother received more transfusions than I can remember at a hospital in Montana and we didn’t question it. When she was transfered the University of Utah hospital, they didn’t do transfusions as quickly. We asked why and was told that when the blood is cooled/frozen during processing, those red blood cells will never be able to produce oxygen. Not een when transfused back into the body. So, from then on, we have not let other hospitals transfuse faster than UUtah does. There are risks. I want to know more about this so I am informed when I and my family are in the hospital.

  • http://www.antiquesrepublic.com/ Antique bed

    ciao!,
    I want to know more about this so I am informed when I and my family are in the hospital.

  • Anonymous

    I would be happy to send you more information on Bloodless Surgical and treatments on a DVD that I can send you in the mail FREE with NO STRINGS ATTACHED. If you would be interested in receiving this please friend me on facebook “Dana Ward” or at my email address dana.crone.ward@live.com or on my Blog where I welcome comments of the medical nature at http://www.congenitalheartsupport.weebly.com. I will NOT SHARE your information with anyone and I am not trying to sell you anything. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely,
    Dana Ward

  • Anonymous

    I would be happy to send you more information on Bloodless Surgical and treatments on a DVD that I can send you in the mail FREE with NO STRINGS ATTACHED. If you would be interested in receiving this please friend me on facebook “Dana Ward” or at my email address dana.crone.ward@live.com or on my Blog where I welcome comments of the medical nature at http://www.congenitalheartsupport.weebly.com. I will NOT SHARE your information with anyone and I am not trying to sell you anything. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely,
    Dana Ward