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Technology, Vigilance, and Blood Transfusions

How U.S. Hospitals and the Federal Government Are Working to Reduce Adverse Events
Cindy H. Dubin
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Although our nation’s blood supply has become safer and transfusion-associated risks have decreased, preventable errors still occur. Typing blood and cross-matching are complex procedures, but bar coding and radiofrequency identification are enhancing the safety of the blood supply at various hospitals.