Posts Tagged ‘Blood Storage’

Effect of Short-Term vs. Long-Term Blood Storage on Mortality after Transfusion

Posted by • November 16th, 2016

The FDA currently allows donated units of blood to be stored for 42 days. However, questions remain about whether older blood (within the 42-day limit) is harmful. Laboratory studies have shown that older blood has decreased levels of 2,3-diphosphoglycerate, decreased nitric oxide metabolism, impaired membrane deformability, and increased adherence to the endothelium, all of which… Read More…