Blood Transfusion (cont.)

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Are there alternatives to blood transfusions?

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Researchers are trying to find ways to make blood. There's currently no man-made alternative to human blood. However, researchers have developed medicines that may help do the job of some blood parts.

For example, some people who have kidney problems can now take a medicine called erythropoietin that helps their bodies make more red blood cells. This means they may need fewer blood transfusions.

Surgeons try to reduce the amount of blood lost during surgery so that fewer patients need blood transfusions. Sometimes they can collect and reuse the blood for the patient.

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine

REFERENCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Blood Transfusion.

UpToDate. Patient information: Blood donation and transfusion (Beyond the Basics).


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/27/2014

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