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Operations in Ireland cancelled because of blood shortages

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:134
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    Citing an “acute shortage of blood,” the Irish Blood Transfusion Service last week wrote to hospitals to advise them to postpone elective surgery. The situation was returning to normal this week after a widespread public response to appeals for donations, but at the time of the advisory notice there were shortages of as much as half the required amount in some cases in seven of the eight blood categories.

    Worst hit were acute care hospitals in Dublin. Some blood transfusions for children were also cancelled, said haematologist Owen Smith from St James's and Tallaght hospitals, and …

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