Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
SALAZAR, Mauricio. Guidelines for the transfusion of blood and its components. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2003, vol.13, n.2-3, pp. 183-190. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892003000200023.
There is no general consensus on the appropriate use of blood and its components. The resulting lack of transfusion guidelines is a weakness in our hospitals and health centers that directly affects good transfusion practice. Based on a literature review, this piece offers some general guidelines on the appropriate use of transfusion therapy. These guidelines can serve as the basis for preparing more-specific guides that take into account the individual needs of each hospital center.
Keywords : transfusión de sangre; componentes de la sangre; medicina transfusional.