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Blood transfusion: old blood, new blood or no blood


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John. M. Duggan, School of Medical Practice and Population Health, University of Newcastle, 33Hebburn St, Hamilton, NSW 2303, Australia.


Vigorous blood transfusion has long been regarded as having an essential role in the management of acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Two new studies, one a nationwide audit of acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage in the UK and another, a complex physiological study of stored blood from the USA, offer new insights.