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Review calls for improved patient identification systems for blood

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:692
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. BMJ

    Unique patient identification systems are being recommended in a report from a steering group of all professions involved in blood transfusion in the British Isles, in response to a review showing increased reports of incidents involving incorrect components being transfused.

    The Serious Hazards of Transfusion group–which includes representatives from eight Royal Colleges plus other professional bodies–has suggested that funding should be provided to evaluate and develop computerised …

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