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Faulty blood bags

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:389
  1. John Cash, National medical and scientific director
  1. Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Edinburgh EH17 7QT

    Reputation of English blood transfusion service has been unjustly damaged

    EDITOR,--I wish to comment on recent reports of faults in some of the blood bags used by the English National Blood Authority.1 Several of the points made have been misleading and may have given rise to inappropriate public and professional concern.

    Firstly, international and published experience confirms that minor defects in plastic blood bags occur infrequently but regularly and that virtually all such defects …

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