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Blood transfusion - 4

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 28, PAGE NO: 45CLAIRE ATTERBURY, SPECIALIST NURSE, QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, KING'S LYNN, NORFOLKVital signs must be taken before starting a transfusion so as to form a baseline, and then 15 minutes later (British Committee for Standards in Haematology, 1999). Any serious acute haemolytic reactions will usually occur within the first 15 minutes of a transfusion. After that time local policy should be followed.

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