Errors in transfusion: causes and measures to avoid them.
Clin Chem Lab Med. 2010 Aug;48(8):1075-7
Authors: Franchini M
Adverse events related to medical errors are common worldwide and largely unreported. However, they represent a serious problem within the health care community, resulting in avoidable loss of life and/or extremely high costs. Likewise, errors in transfusion medicine, which most frequently involve misidentification of the patient, not rarely may have life-threatening consequences. In this review, the errors related to blood transfusion are briefly summarized along with new technologies developed for improving blood safety.
PMID: 20578965 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]