Russia loses blood

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:899
  1. P Conradi

    A chronic shortage of blood is adding to the problems of Russia's overstretched state health service. Stocks at some hospitals are as low as one fifth of normal levels, and the relatives of patients brought in for surgery are now routinely asked to supply blood. It has become so bad that medical staff often have no alternative but to give their own blood to patients. “There are only a few donors, and medical institutions face major hardships in obtaining blood and its components,” said Alisa Brodskaya, head of the donor department of the Central Moscow Blood Transfusion …

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