Faulty blood bags

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.953a (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:953
  1. John Simmons
  1. Regional officer MSF, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD2 2HD

    EDITOR,--I wish to reply to the comments of senior managers of the Scottish and English blood services about the recent recall of faulty blood packs.1 2 Firstly, although I agree with John Cash that septicaemia due to bacterial contamination in recipients of blood in faulty bags is “exceedingly rare,”1 it is also exceedingly rare—in fact, unheard of—for 7000 units of blood to be withdrawn, with the accompanying disruption, waste, and financial …

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