Blood Products

  • William D. Hoffman


Although progress has been made in ensuring the safety of transfusions, clinicians restrict the use of blood products to avoid exposing patients to allogeneic risk and conserve the supply (1). The potential alternatives, benefits, and risks associated with each transfusion are assessed before administration and, when possible, discussed with the patient. Table 1 shows the commonly administered blood components.


Blood Product Fresh Freeze Plasma Graft Versus Host Disease Platelet Transfusion Recombinant Human Erythropoietin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. Hoffman
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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