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Blood components

28 November 2012

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series, explores the functions of blood cells and their role in maintaining health. An overview of the...

How to undertake a blood component transfusion

30 July 2018

Nursing Standard


Rationale and key points Blood component transfusion, commonly referred to as ‘blood transfusion’, is a general term for the transfusion of red blood cells,...

Use of blood components in clinical practice

23 April 2019

Nursing Standard


Blood component transfusion is a procedure undertaken by nurses across a range of clinical specialties. An understanding of why blood components are used, and the...

Blood products and their use in traumatic major haemorrhage

08 February 2016

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Blood loss due to trauma is a leading cause of death in young people and is the result of the ‘lethal triad’ of hypothermia, acidosis and coagulopathy, which...