Military Blood Banking (Civil Disasters).
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY
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The article presents factors that feature predominantly in providing safe blood therapy in a civil disaster situation. Equally important are the special problems existing today which are discussed because they can cause injury to the recipient of blood transfusion. The Blood Transfusion Officer must make the decision to shift from business-as-usual to an emergency set of procedures. The sorting team chief should be in a position to know the number of casualties the hospital can accommodate and this information should be available to the professional staff and blood bank. This variable is influenced by the size of the medical installation. Even with training and experience, these are difficult decisions. Practice runs in all areas responsible for handling mass casualties are strongly recommended for the blood bank and hospital staff. Author
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