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The aim of transfusion practice is to provide 'the right blood to the right patient at the right time for the right reason'. Many of the major residual hazards of transfusion relate to human error during the complex, multistep processes in hospital clinical settings and transfusion laboratories, especially surrounding patient and sample identification. Key elements in improving hospital practice and patient outcomes include investments in clinical governance, such as transfusion committees and clinical audit, in staff education and training, and in modern laboratory techniques, computerization and automation. This edition first published 2013 © 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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Book title

Practical Transfusion Medicine

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230 - 249