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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.
Email: duggan@hunterlink.net.au

Abstract

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.

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