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How long can blood be out of the refrigerator and still be used for transfusion?



This question is part of Blood Components: Preparation, Storage and Characteristics
Asked by Dimelsa, Last updated: Nov 06, 2020

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tarek.faour

tarek.faour

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Answered Dec 09, 2017

you can start anytime within the 4 hours limitand complete within 4 hours. From the time the unit leaves monitored storage, it must be transfused within 4 hours.

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John Adney

John Adney

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John Adney

Answered Dec 09, 2017

A blood unit can used anytime within 4 hours of issue in a condition that the transfusion is completed within these 4 hours.

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John Smith

John Smith

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John Smith

Answered Feb 21, 2017

30 minutes
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