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Expert Panel Issues Updated Guidelines for Red Blood Cell Storage Time and Transfusion Use

For most stable hospitalized patients, transfusions of red blood cells stored for any time point within their licensed dating period -- so-called standard issue -- are as safe as transfusions with blood stored 10 days or less, or "fresh," according to updated clinical guidelines issued by an expert panel convened by a national organization that has long set standards for blood banking and transfusion practices.
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