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Emergency Transfusions

EMERGENCY TRANSFUSIONS

Non-cross-matched blood is rarely transfused because most blood banks can do a complete cross-match within 1 h. In cases of massive, exsanguinating hemorrhage, type-specific blood (ABO- and Rh-matched only), usually available in 10 min, can be used. If even this delay is too long, type O, Rh-negative PRBC can be used as a last resort. When possible, it is generally preferable to support BP with colloid or crystalloid until properly cross-matched blood is available.

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